Learn how to protect your home from forest fires. Firescaping, or fire-wise landscaping, is the practice of growing and caring for the plants around your home to try to prevent fires from being easily ignited in the immediate vicinity of the home. Most fires are preceded by branding – ashes and debris floating in front of the fire, setting the next area on fire. By keeping your property well cared for and growing plants that are more fire safe, you have a chance to keep the fire at bay.

Learn more about Firewise plants and landscaping ideas below.

Fire-proof garden. A display garden next to a fire station in northern San Diego County shows how a garden can be fire and water wise, as well as lush and beautiful.

By Designing with Succulents Photo / Illustration: Debra Lee Baldwin

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