Are junipers an appropriate ornamental plant for high wildfire hazard areas?

No! Junipers are not an appropriate ornamental landscape plant for use in high wildfire hazard areas. In fact, firefighters call junipers “little green gas cans” due to their ability to hide smoldering embers and then violently burst into flames. To reduce wildfire threat, Nevada homeowners should remove ornamental junipers located within 30 feet of a home or other structure on their property. For more information, read University of Nevada Cooperative Extension Carson City/Storey County Extension Educator JoAnne Skelly’s article “Junk the Junipers!”