Firewise in Mississippi

The Firewise program equips homeowners and community leaders with the information they need to help design, construct, landscape, and maintain homes or communities to better withstand wildfires. This program is for anyone living in or connected to the Wildland Urban Interface. Firewise principles are based on National Fire Protection Association guidelines.

  • Design and construction - Use fire resistant materials in building and retrofitting a home. Use fire proof screens and vents on all openings.
  • Landscaping - Create and maintain at least 30 feet of defensible space around your home. Within this 30 feet of defensible space, reduce or remove the vegetation that has a high content of flammable resins, oils, or waxes.  Remove hazards such as woodpiles on the front porch and prune overhanging tree limbs.  Consider the use of fire resistant mulch and consider planting species that have a high moisture content in the leaves.
  • Maintenance - Mow the lawn regularly, sweep the roof and clean out the gutters - reduce the amount of fuel that will bring a wildfire into the home.
  • Click here for more information on how to have a Firewise home.

 

Firewise Workshops

Firewise workshops are FREE events, however, pre-registration is required. Meals, refreshments and workshop materials will be provided.  Firewise workshop and/or field days are a one-day event, bringing together citizens, business, and community leaders involved in planning, financing, building, sustaining, and protecting communities in the wildland/urban interface. This will be a learning experience and participants will learn about why homes burn, various wildland fuel reduction techniques, and how to assess the fire danger of their own home.

Type of Firewise Events and their CFE/CEU/CLE and other Professional Credits:

How to Have a Firewise Home - This event is approximately half a day in length and covers the basics principles of Firewise in Mississippi. The following CFE/CEU/CLE are given for this event:  Registered Forester, 2 hrs of category II; Certified Loggers, 2 hrs of category II; Realtors, 3 hrs Elective Real Estate Course, Approval Code 10181; Structural Firefighter, Certificate of Attendance, 2 hrs; credit is not available for Teachers and Professional Disciplines.

Firewise Awareness Field Day - This event is slightly longer than the How To Have A Firewise Home event. The additional time is taken to view a sample of three fuel reduction technique. The following CFE/CEU/CLE are given for this event:  Registered Forester, 3 hrs of category II; Certified Loggers, 2 hrs of category I and 1 hour of category II; Realtors, 3 hrs Elective Real Estate Course, Approval Code 10182; Structural Firefighter, Certificate of Attendance, 3 hrs; credit is not available for Teachers and Professional Disciplines.

Living On The Edge (LOTE) - LOTE workshops are all-day events. All stakeholders are invited but strong emphasis is placed on Community Leaders. LOTE is a community education program developed in response to the increasing number of families moving to rural areas. Stakeholders living in the wildland/urban interface (WUI) need to understand the issues involved in living safely on the edge. Through interactive exercises, participants identify potential wildfire risks encountered while living in the WUI. These exercises include evaluating, then modifying, an existing community and designing a new community, all of which incorporate Firewise principles. The following CFE/CEU/CLE are given for this event:  Registered Forester, 4 hrs of category II; Certified Loggers, 4 hrs of category II; Realtors, 3 hrs Elective Real Estate Course, Approval Code 10180; Structural Firefighter, Certificate of Attendance, 4 hrs; Teachers, 0.6 CEU's from Mississippi College and Professional Disciplines, 0.7 CEU's from National Fire Protection Association.

 

For more information on the Firewise program, please contact: 

Orlando Ellerby
Underserved Outreach Forester & Firewise Coordinator
Cell: (601) 481-5998
Email: oellerby@mfc.state.ms.us 

 

Firewise Links

Other Links

Visit the National Firewise website for additional information

Podcast on Firewise with Leslie Blackwell and Garden Mama (October 9, 2010)