Imagine a wildfire racing toward your house, with the trees, shrubs and flowers ablaze.
“When it’s on fire, it will be three times as tall as it is now,” said Will Boettner, with Texas A&M Forest Service. “That gives you a perspective to evaluate how you are planting.”
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Learn more about firewise gardening
For information on the National Fire Protection Association’s Firewise Communities program, see www.firewise.org.
The Ready, Set, Go program, managed by the International Association of Fire Chiefs, at www.wildlandfireRSG.org. has information on how to prepare for a wildfire.
At www.prepared.ly, (by the City of Austin, Austin Fire Department and Code for America), find an assessment of the fire risk level based on your home address, among other things.
For information on the Austin Fire Department’s Firewise program, check austintexas.gov/department/wildfire-division.