At the moment of publication on October 21st, 2020, there are more than 7,000 firefighters working to contain 22 wildfires in the state of California. During the course of this year, 31 human lives have been lost, more than 9,000 structures have been destroyed, and over 4 million acres have burned. Each year, we’re experiencing new records of loss and destruction due to wildfire.

Landscaping for wildfire resilience is one small action we can take as individuals to prepare for wildfire. But to achieve true wildfire resiliency, our actions need to take place on the community scale. We hope that these resources can be of service to you and your neighbors as you come together to organize and prepare for wildfire, and that your gardens and landscapes will also provide a space of healing, rejuvenation, and joy.

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Defensible Space

Sustainable Defensible Space: Eco-appropriate Homescaping for Wildfire Resilience

CalFire Wildfire Resources

UC Cooperative Extension Fire in California: Wildfire Preparation and Recovery

California Chaparral Institute

Wildfire Retrofit Guide from the Insurance Institute for Business & Home Safety


Wildfire Risk

Wildfire Risk to Communities: Interactive Charts and Maps

A History Of California Wildfires


Wildfire Recovery

California Native Plant Society Fire Recovery Guide


Community Organizing

California Fire Safe Councils


TPF’s Fire Series: Talks by Wildfire Experts

Poppy Hour: Wildfire with Dr. Jon Keeley, a fire ecologist with the U.S. Geological Survey, and Henry Herrera, a Forester with California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (CAL FIRE), October 2020

Post-fire Ecology and What Urban Communities Can Learn About Adapting to Fire Misunderstanding Wildfire

Sustainable Slopes: Protect Slopes in Advance of and After a Wildfire

Full Series


Landscape Design and Installation

FormLA Landscaping

This program was made possible in part by Edison International.

Illustrations by Edward Lum.