Homeowners in Boise prepare to fight wildfires

Posted at 9:29 PM, Jul 12, 2017
and last updated 2017-07-12 23:29:33-04

Homeowners are learning how to protect their property from wildfires. On Wednesday local firefighters and Zamzows hosted a class for families who live in the wildland-urban interface. An area where the city meets the open range. They learned how to come up with an evacuation plan, make survivable space and firewise landscaping. Firefighters say planting different types of vegetation in three different zones around your home can prevent a wildfire from reaching it.

"You also have the ‘no area’ around the home which is those first immediate five feet you don't want to plant anything in that area and so if you see something live a fuel break like how we use bulldozers on fires that's essentially what your landscape is a fuel break for that wildfire," said Keri Steneck of the Boise District BLM.
Firefighters say planting native vegetation and clearing away dead plants can also lower the risk of a  fire reaching your home.