How do I make an evacuation less stressful?

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 you, is the best way to minimize the potential stress of an evacuation. Some pre-fire evacuation tasks include: * taking a home inventory; * developing and discussing a disaster-response plan of your household that identifies planned actions, evacuation routes, emergency meeting locations, communication plans, and establishing a meeting place for family members; …

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 necessary to keep most plants alive. However, some plants become overgrown when watered and create too much fuel, becoming a maintenance headache. Some plants can be mowed or cut back at the beginning of the fire season and then irrigated very infrequently so they don’t grow during fire season. Some drought-tolerant plants stay low and …