Resource Protection > Protect Your Home
Preparing for wildfires is everyone’s responsibility.
Over the last two years, 80% of the wildfires in Texas have occurred within two miles of a community - so it's quickly being understood that wildland fires are not just a problem for rural homeowners.
Texas, the eighth fastest growing state in the nation, is seeing many of its citizens moving to the Wildland Urban Interface - a place where subdivisions and businesses meet the surrounding forests and fields (grass, brush, and trees). With this move to the wildlands, new fire risks are being seen.
Placement of structures within or adjacent to flammable vegetation renders them extremely vulnerable to wildfire. Should a wildland fire occur in an interface area, homes and other structures could simply be additional concentrated fuels for the wildfire to consume.
Due to increasing urbanization and periods of extended drought, Texas has experienced an increase in the wildland fire risks across the state, now is the time to be more Firewise.
The Firewise program is a multi-agency effort designed to reach beyond the fire service by involving homeowners, community leaders, planners, developers, and others in the effort to protect people, property, and natural resources from the risk of wildland fire - before a fire starts.