Content tagged "wildfire"

How do I make an evacuation less stressful?

Wildfire Updated: November 15, 2013

Planning for evacuation and taking action ahead of time can reduce the stress. Pre-fire planning, including making a list of what to do and what to take with...

Selecting Firewise Plants

Wildfire Updated: October 17, 2013

Firewise plants have a number of characteristics in common, but also can vary considerably. Below are some important points about these plants and their...

Glenn Nader

Wildfire Updated: August 11, 2013

 Glenn Nader has always lived in wildfire-prone areas. He’s a fourth generation California rancher who has been through three wildfires in Lassen County –...

Steve Quarles

Wildfire Updated: July 26, 2013

Stephen Quarles is an expert on how building materials perform and how different building designs fare in wildfires. For example, does the roof design make...

Wildfire Information Network Contents

Wildfire Updated: July 26, 2013

Wildfire Information Network Community (eWIN)Before FireDuring FireAfter FireAdditional InformationWebcast Series

Community Evacuation Plans

Wildfire Updated: July 18, 2013

If you are interested in finding out if your community has an evacuation plan contact the local fire department, law enforcement agency, or emergency...

Wildfire Information Leaders

Wildfire Updated: July 18, 2013

eWIN Articles on Before Fire Building Materials & Home Design

Wildfire Updated: July 17, 2013

Home survival in wildfire prone areas depends on a combination of choices regarding building materials and design decisions for the home or building combined...

Wildfire and Its Effects on Streams and Rivers

Wildfire Updated: July 17, 2013

Wildfire affects streams and rivers in a multitude of ways, and the health and wealth of a stream environment are reflections of the condition of the...

Evaluating Damage to Your Home After a Wildfire

Wildfire Updated: July 17, 2013

Evaluating damage to your home after a wildfire should be done at the first opportunity. Your insurance agent should be the first person you contact. The...

Evacuation Preparations for Your Livestock

Wildfire Updated: July 17, 2013

Prepare before the fire occurs by keeping the corrals and barns free of fuel (vegetation or hay) and have halters or facilities to load and remove the...

What To Do if Trapped in Car by Fire While Evacuating

Wildfire Updated: July 16, 2013

A structure offers more protection than a car, so if there is a building nearby, get inside it. If there is no building, then stay in your car. It will be...

Ensuring Firefighter Access and Your Escape During a Wildfire

Wildfire Updated: July 16, 2013

If there is a wildfire in your area you may need to get out and firefighters may need to get in, so build fire safety into your road or driveway designs and...

Safely Returning to Your Home After a Wildfire

Wildfire Updated: July 11, 2013

 Many homeowners wonder when it is safe to return to their homes after a wildfire. Once you are given the "all clear" to go home, what you should look for...

Why Firefighters Can’t Always Save Every Home

Wildfire Updated: July 11, 2013

  Most fire authorities have priorities in wildfires:Firefighters' first priority is to save lives. This includes the public as well as those fighting the...

Wildfire Retardants

Wildfire Updated: July 11, 2013

Usually seen on the evening news as red cloud being sprayed out of an airplane, fire retardants have been widely used since the late 1950s and are extremely...

FEIS (Fire Effects Information System) is easy to use

Prescribed Fire Updated: July 10, 2013

When planning a prescribed fire or understanding the results of a wildfire, it is important to define the desired fire effects.  Fire effects are defined...

Do prescribed fires prevent wildfires?

Prescribed Fire Updated: June 27, 2013

Generally speaking, prescribed fire use is not intended to prevent wildfires. The idea of preventing wildfires is a misnomer. The potential for fire...

Has fire frequency changed in the United States over time?

Prescribed Fire Updated: June 26, 2013

For most of the United States, current fire frequencies are longer than what historically occurred prior to European settlement. In part, this can be...

Does fire occur in wetlands?

Prescribed Fire Updated: May 28, 2013

Yes, many wetlands do periodically burn, both from wildfire and prescribed fire. Many wetlands are only seasonally wet, so they are susceptible to fire...

What was the primary source of fires before European settlement of North America?

Prescribed Fire Updated: May 08, 2013

Historically, fires in North America came from two primary sources, lightning and humans. See full length article for more detailed information.

Joint Fire Science Program Regional Fire Consortia

Prescribed Fire Updated: March 04, 2013

Regional fire consortia serve as a link between regional stakeholders, managers, practitioners, and scientists.  The consortia are funded through the Joint...

Should I defer grazing after a fire?

Prescribed Fire Updated: February 15, 2013

The decision to rest or graze a pasture following fire is not necessarily a trivial question. There are numerous variables and potential interactions to...

Is irrigating the landscape always a good idea for defensible space?

It depends on the types of plants. Generally, irrigating helps plants stay green and moist and less likely to burn. In arid environments, irrigation is...

Assessing Forestland Conditions After a Wildfire

Wildfire Updated: June 28, 2012

Article written by: Yvonne Barkely, University of Idaho Extension, Moscow, ID  The condition of your forestland after a wildfire should be assessed as soon...

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