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TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) -

Choosing what plants are around the exterior of the house could help keep everyone inside safe, especially with continued drought conditions in Southern Arizona and the wildfire season kicking off early.

While all vegetation is at risk for burning, research now shows there are some plants that are fire resistant, which could make all the difference in a fire situation. 

How much water a plant holds is important when choosing which plants to put around the house, according to the Arizona Firewise Project. 

Project organizers are advising homeowners to keep in mind plants like pines, firs, junipers and Arizona cypress are flammable because of the oil they contain.

For those who have a chance to pick up new plants for the landscape, authorities recommend plants that grow low and do not need to be pruned much. Also they advise choosing plants that are short and grow close to the ground like wild flowers.

To see a full list of 'firewise' plants please go online to http://cals.arizona.edu/firewise/howto.html 

Firefighters are also reminding people to rake leaves and dry brush, to help keep a clear perimeter around the property, as well as make sure to dispose of trash and brush away from the home.

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