Forest fires are a fact of life in the Inland Northwest. Homes located on forested lands (the “wildland interface”) can be at high risk from forest fires. Rural homeowners can lessen that risk by modifying their houses and landscapes to make them less likely to ignite and easier for firefighters to access.
On Thursday, Feb. 13, a three hour workshop titled “Landscaping for Fire Prevention” will offer rural homeowners an opportunity to learn about such techniques, discuss their wildland fire experiences, and participate in a simple exercise to assess their homes’ interface fire risk. The program will be held from 1-4 p.m. in the meeting room University of Idaho Extension office in Boundary County (6447 Kootenai, behind the courthouse in Bonners Ferry).
The program can accommodate a limited number of people. Those wishing to participate should pre-register at the University of Idaho Extension Office in Boundary County by Tuesday, Feb. 11. A $10 registration fee covers handouts and refreshments. For registration questions, contact the University of Idaho Extension Office in Boundary County, at 208-267-3235. If you have a group of 10 or more who would commit to attending this program at a different time or place, or have other questions on this program, contact Chris Schnepf, at 208-446-1680. The program is co-sponsored by University of Idaho Extension, Master Gardeners, and the Idaho Department of Lands.