Credit: Courtesy art BLM Office Coeur d' Alene District
Hwy 16 Fire in Eagle Idaho Foothills 2010.
As of Tuesday, May 17, 2016
Neighborhood Expert: Pam Smith of Green Acres Nursery
Idaho is among eight western states to have proclaimed May “Wildfire Awareness Month. Throughout the month, residents are encouraged to learn how to better protect their homes and communities from wildfire, and how they can help firefighters reduce the number of human-caused fires.
Historically, less than half of wildfires in Idaho are caused by humans. However, in 2015, almost 60 percent of Bureau of Land Management (BLM) fires in Idaho were human-caused. Those 84 fires burned more than 31,000 acres.
As part of this, Idaho County residents are encouraged in their prevention efforts with these three words: plan, prepare and prevent:
Plan on becoming Firewise by identifying the hazards around your home. Prepare by creating survivable space to protect your home. And prevent wildfires this summer by using caution with anything that can cause a spark.
“Simple steps, such as pruning trees,” said Pam Smith, Green Acres Nursery, “installing green space by way of irrigation systems, or xeriscaping around your home. Also, cleaning gutters and screening vents can protect a home against the threat of wildfire.”
Multiple activities are planned across the state to help educate and prepare residents for the upcoming fire season. Activities include informative tours at Firewise gardens and educational classes at selected nurseries. These events are offered free to the public by Idaho BLM and Idaho Firewise.
In Grangeville, Green Acres will sponsor a wildfire awareness educational booth Wednesday, May 25, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. The public is invited to stop by.