Living with Wildfire : A Homeowner’s Handbook
In Living with Wildfire (first published as The Wildfire Survival Guide), gardening expert Maureen Gilmer shares proven ways to save your home, property, and life with wildfire-resistant landscaping and fire-prevention techniques. Discover how to create bands of protection by choosing fire-resistant plants, manage native vegetation, prevent erosion and mudslides, and learn about:
- Wildfire dynamics and safeguarding your home against them
- Water storage and delivery in any emergency
- Creating a defensible space for you and firefighters
Included is updated information on insuring your property, selecting your home site, packing an emergency kit, and getting public and private assistance. With easy-to-follow diagrams, instructional photographs, and landscaping plans, you’ll have all the resources necessary to get through fire season and keep your home standing.
About the Author
Maureen Gilmer is a second generation Californian with over thirty years’ experience in arid climate gardening, landscape architecture and the environment. She’s published 18 books and countless magazine features on plants, design and wildfire in the west. For a decade she’s been writing a national Yardsmart column that runs every week with color photography. Maureen also writes a weekly column for the Desert Sun newspaper in Palm Springs. Maureen has appeared on The View, The Early Show, Good Morning America, and was host and project designer for four seasons of Weekend Gardening, on the DIY Channel. Her newest books are focused on desert conditions and drought: Growing Vegetables in Drought, Desert and Dry Times: The Complete Guide to Organic Gardening Without Wasting Water (December, 2015, Sasquatch Books). She’s author of Palm Springs-Style Gardening (Sunbelt, 2009) now in its third printing. Maureen lives in the California desert north of Palm Springs where she’s rehabilitating an old cactus garden with her husband Jim. She is also a wildfire survivor.
“An accessible contribution to the growing literature on how to live wisely in houses amid fire-prone countrysides. I found it particularly noteworthy for its discussion of landscaping plants.”
-Stephen J. Pyne, one of the world’s foremost experts on the history and management of fire, and author of Fire in America: A Cultural History of Wildland and Rural Fire