Fire resistant plants are those that do not readily ignite from flame or other ignition sources. These plants can be damaged or even killed by fire however, their foliage and stems do not significantly contribute to the fuel and fire intensity.
Characteristics of fire-resistant plants:
moist, supple leaves
accumulates minimal dead vegetation
water-like sap with little odour
low amount of sap or resin material
Characteristics of highly flammable plants:
leaves or needles are aromatic
accumulates fine, dry dead material
contain resin or oils
loose, papery or flaky bark
Examples of plants to AVOID planting: cedar, juniper, pine, tall grass and spruce
Plan your landscape with low water requirements that are also FireSmart. Water conservation and environmental protection are values shared by all of us. Checkout the following resources for FireSmart and WaterSmart landscapes.
Unscreened vents can allow heat and embers to enter a building and ignite it. Install non-combustible material for all vents. They should be 3-millimetre screening or ASTM (American rating system) fire rated vents. Metal products are recommended for vents and vent flashing.
With inadequate ground-to-siding clearance, accumulated embers can ignite combustible siding directly. At least 15 centimetres of ground-to-siding, non-combustible clearance is recommended. Examine your siding for locations where embers could accumulate. Maintaining and removing combustible debris (such as lumber, stored vehicles, branches, grass and leaves) and firewood near the exterior walls will reduce a building’s vulnerability to ignition during a wildfire.