A lush, drought-tolerant ground cover such as wooly yarrow (Achillea tomentosa) or white yarrow (Achillea millefoilium) is an excellent choice for fire-safe landscaping, sometimes called firescaping
The firefighter with whom I spoke was probably erring on the side of caution, since much of the literature on firescaping
, including that published by fire departments, allows for landscaping in fire-prone areas near houses and other structures.
There will be free handouts for kids and adults as well as information and exhibits on fire safety, chain-saw safety, firescaping
, adopt-a-hydrant, weed abatement and a pine needle drop-off site.