- Guide to “pyro gardening”
The Girona Provincial Council, with the collaboration of the Girona Association of Nurseries and the Gardening Guild of Catalonia, has published a "guide to pyro-gardening", a guide of gardening adapted to prevent forest fires.
Pyro-gardening aims to reduce the risk of damage from a possible fire in the urban-forestry interface area, while preventing its generation and making it difficult to spread, never eliminating it, since there are no fireproof plants, simply plant structures that are more resistant to fire.
The main objective of this guide is to provide owners with knowledge and specific technical insight into pyro-gardening, whether they manage the gardens themselves or refer them to professional services.
The control of forest fires is complex because of the mixture of inhabited areas and forest areas. Gardening has a fundamental role in maintaining spaces of discontinuity between urban and forest areas, and must constitute an element of protection against forest fires: protecting the forest heritage if the fire is generated from the urban margin and protecting it if it is generated from the forest mass.
Gardens, properly designed and managed, are places of opportunity to defend homes at the urban-forest interface, but if they are not properly managed, they can add a great deal of complexity in the event of an emergency, as they make it difficult to extinguish the fire and act as its transmitters.PDF: