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Prepare for wildfires with fire resistant plants

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YAKIMA, Wash. – Gardening experts say in addition to keeping a greenbelt 30 feet away from your home or anything that burns, you should also consider fire resistant plants during wildfire season.

These plants and trees can store enough moisture inside that they act as a fire retardant. Even if the plant burns, the roots are strong and can come back.

Pam Matheny of Russell's Nursery says you don't have to give up choice when using these plants in your garden.

"They're available all year round except for in the winter," she said. "They do put out an absorbent amount of color so if you can rotate your plant material to share the different color available. "

Shops like Russell's have guides on how to start this process and offer a wide variety of plants and trees.

Matheny says they also rely on information put out by the U.S. Forest Service.

Some fire resistant plants at Russell's:

-ground cover phlox

-ground cover rock crests




-snow and summer

-day lilies


You can access a complete guide here.