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Fire Safety Project | Remedies
The wildfire problem in California requires that every resident living in or near the forest take action to reduce the fire hazards on their property. This includes clearing, trimming and pruning vegetation that poses a direct threat to structures and increasing the potential for a ground fire to climb into the tree canopy. The primary goal of California's Fire Safe program is to educate the public about living in the "Interface" of wildland and human settlement. Two strategies provide the best level of protection for residents and their communities:
"Although wildfires will start in spite of the best possible efforts of fire prevention and some of those will grow to be large destructive infernos, it is far from inevitable that homes and towns in the fire path must be destroyed . . . intense, destructive fire behavior can be prevented and neighborhoods made more defensible if wildland-urban intermix residents can be persuaded to install and maintain fire safe landscapes and provide structures and neighborhoods with defensible space."
— U.S. Forest Service
"At the Forest Service, we learned the lesson long ago and ended the war against fire. Today, we work with fire to promote resource diversity and restore fire-adapted ecosystems. We stress homeowner fire-safety programs, but we also protect the surrounding landscape, because a home is more than just a house.
"Your home is the community you belong to. It's the surrounding landscape with everything it gives you, such as scenic beauty and clean water from your municipal watershed. If you've saved your house in a community devastated by fire — in a landscape blackened by fire — you've still lost your home."
— Dale Bosworth, U.S. Forest Service (2004)