University Website Offers Wildfire Info & Tips


Protecting a house from wildfire is detailed along with other fire-wise suggestions at a website managed by land-grant universities and federal agencies.

The University of Wyoming Extension Disaster Education Network (EDEN) site contains emergency contacts and information to help before, during and after natural and human-caused disasters.

“EDEN is a national organization of extension people all over the United States who work on all emergencies,” said Ron Cunningham, a UW Extension educator based in Fremont County. “It has information for all kinds of emergencies: wildfires, floods, blizzards – you name it.”

For example, the Living with Fire link takes readers to a website of the same name offering information about creating defensible space, embers, evacuations, living with fire and what to do after a fire.

Cunningham and Barton Stam, an extension educator based in Hot Springs County, are the Wyoming delegates to the national EDEN committee.

Go to and click on Extension Educational Program Areas on the left-hand side, then Ag and Natural Resources, the link under Disasters, then Wildfires under Natural Disasters.

The wildfire section includes:

·         You can save your home from a wildfire

·         Firewise landscaping: The basics

·         Firewise construction

·         Protect your home against wildfire damage

·         How to make your home fire-safe

·         Living with fire

·         Firewise plants and construction

Other resources to help residents prepare and recover from disasters are under the Quick Links section.

 Source: University of Wyoming

Posted by Russell Nemetz

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