Fire Resistance

The incidence and intensity of unintended wildfires in Utah is increasing as a result of increasing temperatures, decreasing precipitation and snow, and plant invasion. Although prescribed fires can often have positive ecological effects [1], catastrophic wildfires tend to have devastating effects on native plants and animals and water resources, as well as human life and property. Choosing species with low resin content, high moisture content (e.g. cacti, succulents, and deciduous shrubs), and a higher likelihood to drop leaves (e.g. deciduous shrubs and trees) can provide fire resistance to vulnerable systems [2].



[1]    Ffolliott PF, Guertin DP. Prescribed fire in Arizona ponderosa pine forests: A 24-year case study. Poster paper presented at the conference: Effects of Fire in Management of Southwestern Natural Resources; 1988 November 14-17.

[2]    Dubay CT. Restoration for homeowners: A guide to fire safety and native landscaping in southwestern ponderosa pine forests. Flagstaff (AZ): Northern Arizona University Ecological Restoration Institute; 2017.