Firescaping Training for Volunteers

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Help protect your home and community from wildfire with firescaping. Starting June 26, 2021, this free, six-week online advanced training is offered by the Extension Master Gardener℠ program of Yancey County, in partnership with the University of Georgia Warnell School of Forestry and Natural Resources.

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Every year, hundreds to thousands of wildfires occur across the southeastern US, threatening homes and communities. Yancey County is at risk due to the high number of homes intermixed with forests. Fortunately, there are actions homeowners can take to reduce their wildfire risk, such as fire-resistant landscaping or firescaping.

Through videos and self-guided activities, the online Preparing for Wildfires with Firescaping training teaches Extension Master Gardener℠ volunteers and other community volunteers how to create a firescape. By completing this training, participants will gain knowledge to reduce their home’s wildfire risk and can help educate their communities about the importance of firescaping.

The course contains 6 subject unit, with each unit containing video presentations and an activity. Participants are expected to complete one unit a week at their own pace. Each unit takes 1-2 hours to complete. After completing all units, a 20-question test of knowledge quiz, and participation in a. live Q&A during week 6, participants are awarded a certificate of completion. 

In this training participants will learn about:

  • Wildland Fire History and Fire Behavior
  • Plant Flammability
  • Firescape Design and Maintenance
  • Home Wildfire Risk Assessment
  • Combining Firescaping with Other Landscape Goals
  • Firescaping Volunteer Ideas

Register by June 14 by filling out this form: https://go.ncsu.edu/x4bmh40 or by contacting Sara Runkel at 828-682-1873, Sara_runkel@ncsu.edu.