PROVO — Provo Fire and Rescue officers plan to knock on close to 200 doors in the Sherwood Hills area over the weekend in an attempt to educate homeowners on how to minimize the risk of hillside fires to their homes.

The group began knocking on Friday, and they plan to continue from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. today. Officers from two fire stations will divide into small groups and go door to door to distribute materials about hillside fire safety.

Homes located on hillsides or near brush, small trees and grass may be at risk in the event of a fire in the area. Provo Fire and Rescue recommends that homeowners have at least 30 feet of defensible space around their homes, which will act as a barrier to fires.

The Firewise Communities Web site ( offers many tips about how to protect homes from fires.

Officers hope to reach everyone in the neighborhood and plan to return on Monday to reach those they missed. The city will also send similar materials to residents of about 1,200 other homes in the area