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Publication #CIR 1453

Fire in the Wildland-Urban Interface: Preparing a Firewise Plant List for WUI Residents1

Anna L. Behm, Alan J. Long, Martha C. Monroe, Cotton K. Randall, Wayne C. Zipperer, and L. Annie Hermansen-Baez2

This extension publication is a guide to making a firewise plant list to assist local homeowners with firewise landscaping. It includes a step-by-step method for determining whether or not a particular plant species is appropriate for firewise landscaping. This publication is to be used by extension agents, nursery personnel, landscape architects, urban foresters, or other similar professionals in preparing local firewise plant lists in the wildland-urban interface (WUI). These lists can be combined with the Florida Cooperative Extension Service Circular 1445 "Fire in the Wildland-Urban Interface--Selecting and Maintaining Firewise Plants," published February 2004, for distribution to homeowners and other interested groups.

Circular 1453 is made available to you immediately as a downloadable PDF(Portable Document Format)(file size = 194KB). Included on nine pages are content-specific areas of definition of plant flammability, creating list, optional form, step-by-step method, flammability key, and sources of information.

Key words: Plant, firewise, flammability



This document is CIR 1453, one of a series of the School of Forest Resources and Conservation, Florida Cooperative Extension Service, Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences, University of Florida. Original publication date August 2004. Reviewed August 2011. Visit the EDIS website at


Anna L. Behm, Research Associate; Alan J. Long, Associate Professor; Martha C. Monroe, Associate Professor; and Cotton K. Randall, WUI Fire Project Coordinator, School of Forest Resources and Conservation, Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences, University Florida. Wayne Zipperer, Research Scientist; L. Annie Hermansen-Baez, Technology Transfer Coordinator, Southern Center for Wildland-Urban Interface Research and Information, Southern Research Station, USDA Forest Service.

The Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences (IFAS) is an Equal Opportunity Institution authorized to provide research, educational information and other services only to individuals and institutions that function with non-discrimination with respect to race, creed, color, religion, age, disability, sex, sexual orientation, marital status, national origin, political opinions or affiliations. For more information on obtaining other UF/IFAS Extension publications, contact your county's UF/IFAS Extension office.

U.S. Department of Agriculture, UF/IFAS Extension Service, University of Florida, IFAS, Florida A & M University Cooperative Extension Program, and Boards of County Commissioners Cooperating. Nick T. Place, dean for UF/IFAS Extension.