The following material(s) have been taken from the publication Smart Yard Care from the Virginia Cooperative Extension, (Chapter 7 – Fire Safety at the Wildland/Urban Interface, by Francis J. Reilly Jr.). This publication is an excellent reference guide for the homeowner. This web page will give the homeowner a better understanding of fire and living in a Wildland/Urban Interface, fire and fire behavior; what you need to know about fire (wind, vegetation, terrain); what you can do to be safe; concepts of defensible space; Firewise landscaping; Firewise home design; and routine home maintenance for being Firewise. This publication can be purchased by clicking the link on Smart Yard Care.
To learn more about Fire Safety at the Wildfire / Urban Interface click here to the link for Fire Safety at the Wildfire / Urban Interface.
You will find the following subjects below covered in this link. Open each subject Link to reveal subject Text and Illustrations.
Open each subject Link to reveal subject Text and Illustrations.
One of the goals of the West Virginia Firewise program is to educate the public on a series of measures which can minimize property damage or loss from wildfires. The How To Make Your Home Firewise section has links that help demonstrate how to accomplish this.
This How To Series portion of our Firewise web site has been developed by members of the WHOA Firewise Committee and others within the Woods Community. Below you will find a list with links attached, to each PowerPoint slideshow and/or PDF file.
The How To Series has been developed with specific written instruction, pictures, and some video clips, in an effort to demonstrate, with a series of simple measures, how the homeowner can make their property Firewise.
To begin, print the three forms listed below in the How To Series Folders section. The first is the West Virginia Division of Forestry, Woodland Home Wildfire Hazard Assessment (L2) form. The second is the Task Matrix form. The third is the Mitigation Worksheet Plan form.
After printing the forms, are the links which will open the instructional PowerPoint slideshows/files. First click on the Getting Started link below.
Print the FORM Woodland Home Wildfire Hazard Assessment Form (L2).
This is the West Virginia Division of Forestry site/structure areas of the L2 Assessment Form by Mitigation Activities and should be printed before reviewing “How To Assess Your Property”.
Print the FORM Homeowner Task Matrix.
This form is a visual matrix spreadsheet for the site/structure areas of the L2 Assessment Form by Mitigation Activities. Review any of the PDF slideshows/files, as necessary while filling out this form.
Print the FORM Mitigation Workshop Plan.
This form is a tool to determine who will perform the mitigation activity, the time line and dates for mitigation activities with the anticipated budget needed for the project and the anticipated score improvements by category, which could be expected from the performed improvements.
Filling out the Home Owner’s Mitigation Plan Worksheet should give the home owner their personalized action plan to making their home Firewise. This plan can be implemented over time.
Please note, if you do not have PowerPoint software installed on your system, you can view the PowerPoint Slideshows by downloading and installing a Microsoft PowerPoint Viewer.
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The L2 Community Assessment Program Initiative 2020 and Beyond, will be using both the mapping models and the past results of previous L1 and L2 assessments as the basis to launch this NEW FIREWISE INITATIVE.
Go to the How To Series (HTS) and review the Power Point Presentation “How to Assess Your Property”.
There are many Firewise web-site links that are available for your review. We suggest you start with the two listed below. You will find additional web-site links listed under
This interactive web-site “Eastern United States Fire Performance Plant Selector” is new. This site currently references over 750 plant species and is being expanded to over 1000 plant species. Click Here for one page overview of the Eastern United States Fire Performance Plant Selector.
See Diane Murphy's slideshow presentation at the Backyard and Beyond Firewise conference in Denver of October, 2011. This slide show will give you the background to then navigate the Eastern United States Fire Performance Plant Selector.
Click here for the Eastern United States Fire Performance Plant Selector - This the tool for selecting plants for use in Wildland/Urban Interface Community Settings.