University of Wyoming Extension News

Land-grant universities offer wildfire protection information website

Protecting a house from wildfire is detailed along with other fire-wise suggestions at a website managed by land-grant universities and federal agencies.

The University of Wyoming Extension Disaster Education Network (EDEN) site contains emergency contacts and information to help before, during and after natural and human-caused disasters.

“EDEN is a national organization of extension people all over the United States who work on all emergencies,” said Ron Cunningham, a UW Extension educator based in Fremont County. “It has information for all kinds of emergencies: wildfires, floods, blizzards – you name it.”

For example, the Living with Fire link takes readers to a website of the same name offering information about creating defensible space, embers, evacuations, living with fire and what to do after a fire.

Cunningham and Barton Stam, an extension educator based in Hot Springs County, are the Wyoming delegates to the national EDEN committee.

Go to uwyo.edu/ces and click on Extension Educational Program Areas on the left-hand side, then Ag and Natural Resources, the link under Disasters, then Wildfires under Natural Disasters.

The wildfire section includes:

·         You can save your home from a wildfire

·         Firewise landscaping: The basics

·         Firewise construction

·         Protect your home against wildfire damage

·         How to make your home fire-safe

·         Living with fire

·         Firewise plants and construction

Other resources to help residents prepare and recover from disasters are under the Quick Links section.