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Earth Gauge Tip of the Week — Are You Fire Wise?


Many homes and buildings are adjacent to woodlands and parks, which provide beautiful views and peaceful settings.  But wildfire risk can be especially high in this "wildland-urban interface," where the built environment blends with natural landscapes.

Viewer Tip:  You can protect your home from wildfire by reducing the amount of flammable material between your home and a natural area.  An easy way to do this is to think of your property in zones:

Learn more about each zone and find additional tips for protecting your home property from the Firewise Program:  And for more weather and environment tips, visit

Earth Gauge!

(Source: National Wildland/Urban Interface Fire Protection Program. “Fire Hazard Assessment in the Wildland/Urban Interface.”; Firewise. “Is Your Home Protected from Wildfire Disaster?”; Image courtesy of Kentucky's Division of Forestry.)