Using fire resistant plants play a critical role in the creation and maintenance of your defensible space. As more homes are built in the wildland-urban interface (WUI), residents must take special precautions to protect their lives, homes, and property. One way to do this is to create a defensible space around your home. This is the area between your home or other structures, where potential fuel (materials or vegetation) have been modified, reduced, or cleared to create a barrier and slow the spread of wildﬁre toward your home.
With adequate defensible space, your home has an 85%-90% chance of surviving a wildfire without anyone needing to be there to intervene. A clear defensible space also allows room for ﬁreﬁghters to ﬁght the ﬁre safely if they are able to access your home. Three critical steps in creating a defensible space include using ﬁre-resistant building materials (for example, rooﬁng materials), reducing wildland fuels around the home, and using ﬁre-resistant plant material in the landscape.