Principles & Practices
Fire and land management agencies cannot help prevent wildfire disasters without homeowner participation. In order to make changes that will allow your structure to withstand the brunt of a wildfire, without the assistance of firefighters or fire equipment, you can begin by doing a home wildfire evaluation.
You can evaluate your home and outbuildings yourself by using standard guides and forms for home evaluations in Idaho. Standard forms evaluate two main areas of concern for structures in the wildland/urban interface:
- the ignitability of your home when exposed to radiant heat, convection, or firebrands and embers; and
- structural hazards, including the location and design of your home and other structures, as well as vegetative fuel hazards and other considerations.
If you are not comfortable or unable to do your own home wildfire evaluation, several Idaho counties and rural fire departments conduct home evaluations in high-risk areas. To find out if your county or local fire department provides this service for homeowners, contact your local emergency management office, fire protection district coordinator, or fire chief.
Home wildfire evaluation forms for homeowners
- Idaho Wildfire Home Protection Zone Evaluation (for Homeowners) will provide homeowners with an evaluation of existing conditions and recommendations on the steps that can be taken to protect homes in a wildland fire situation.
- Property Evaluation and Self-Certification Guide for Deshutes Co., OR (Publication), written by the Oregon Forestland-Urban Interface Fire Protection Act for Deschutes Co., OR, provides additional information for WUI homeowners who would like to do their own home wildfire evaluation.
Home wildfire evaluation forms for fire and natural resource professionals
- Idaho Wildfire Home Evaluation Guidelines (for Agency Use) provides guidelines for natural resource and firefighting professionals who do home wildfire evaluations for WUI homeowners.
- Idaho Wildfire Home Protection Zone Evaluation (for Agency Use) natural resource and firefighting professionals gather the same information as the RedZone Software Survey.