If this year’s fire season will be anything like last year, then even those of us on the west side of the mountains need to be prepared for the incidence of wildfire.

If you’re a homeowner, there are many things you can do to make your property “Firewise.” If you’re representing an entire community, the Firewise Communities/USA Program might be just the thing you’re looking for to educate your neighbors and reduce wildfire risk. Plus, if you’re a natural resource professional, now is a great time to brush up on principles of fire behavior and assess the local conditions of the forest lands you manage.

Check out some of the following links to information about wildland fire and firewise principles:

Living with Wildfire, Washington State University

Fire-resistant Plants for Home Landscapes, Washington State University, Oregon State University, and the University of Idaho.

A Land Manager’s Guide for Creating Fire-resistant Forests, Oregon State University.

Firewise, National Forest Protection Association.

Firewise Assistance in Washington State, Washington State Conservation Commission.