Cowboy wearing nomex as he moves cattle during a fire.
NOMEX® is the brand name of a flame retardant meta-aramid material marketed and first discovered by DuPont in the 1970s. It is sold in both fiber and sheet forms and is used as a fabric wherever resistance from heat and flame is required. Both the firefighting and vehicle racing industries use Nomex to create clothing and equipment that can withstand intense heat.

Defensible Space

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Defensible Space
Defensible space refers to the area between a house and an oncoming wildfire where the vegetation has been modified to reduce the wildfire threat and which provides an opportunity for firefighters to effectively defend the house. In the event that firefighters are not available, defensible space improves the likelihood that your house can survive without assistance. Contact your local fire department for information and recommendations on home inspections and treatment plans.


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Evacuation Preparations for Your Livestock

Photo source: Susie Heffernan

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 animals. Have an evacuation plan for livestock, including routes, transportation needs, and host site. Share your plan with your neighbors in case you are absent. Do not wait to the last minute to transport livestock as roads can become clogged and difficult to maneuver with a trailer. Make sure …

Evacuation Preparations for Your Pets

Article Written by:
Glenn Nader, University of California Cooperative Extension, Yuba City, CA


Have pet carriers ready in case you need to evacuate. This will prevent the animals from escaping during evacuation by limiting their movement in the vehicle and when you arrive at the evacuation destination. Make sure you have a leash if your dog(s) are too large to fit in a pet carrier. Many shelters do not take pets, so make plans before …

Fighting Fire in the WUI

Article Written by:
Janean Creighton, Oregon State University Extension, Corvallis, OR and
Ron Hodgson, Fire Research and Management Exchange System


Photo by Chal Landgren, OSU

Firefighters’ ability to protect people and their property in wildfires depends on the intensity of fires they face. When homes and businesses are surrounded by landscapes that ignite easily and burn very hot, firefighters and homeowners cannot survive the heat released and must pull back or suffer serious injury or death. If whole neighborhoods are …