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As California's population and temperatures continue to grow, so does the likelihood of devastating wildfires. Join Douglas Kent, author of Firescaping, as he highlights the essential qualities of a protected property. Doug will be focusing on roads, structures, defensible space, and plants.
- The problem in California
- Critical to fleeing and fighting
- Current problems
- The attributes of a good road
- Firebrands are more likely to consume a structure than flames
- Essential qualities of a fire-hardened structure
- This is where the law carries the greatest weight
- First 5 feet
- To 30 feet
- Outlying areas
- Knowing characteristics is more important than knowing plant lists
- Fire retardant plants
- Fire resistant plants
- Maintenance is more important than plant type
1. Be able to list and prioritize the 5 aspects of fire protection.
2. Be able to identify critical areas of concern and recommend strategies for protection.
3. Be able to discuss the attributes that make a plant more or less flammable.
Author of the best selling book on property protection in the U.S. (Firescaping), Kent has been working to create fire-protected communities since 1993. He has worked with high-risk communities throughout the state and been on the frontlines of many wildfires. He is also author of 6 other horticultural books, over 50 articles, and has helped lead 4 statewide education campaigns. Kent has taught at the California Polytechnic University, Pomona, since 2008. He is seasoned, professional and impassioned and his presentations are dynamic, educational and inspiring.