FIRE PREVENTION

Checklist for Landscaping your home:

Do any of the following conditions exist inside your 30 foot defensible space zone? If so, you may want to make it more fire-resistant by applying the following Firewise actions.

OVERGROWN VEGETATION that is too close to the house:

  • Move vegetation at least 3 feet from the foundation
  • Reduce, trim or replace large plants
  • Break up plant continuity with non combustible materials such as rock or lawn

PLANTS ARE ADJACENT TO DECK, porch or siding:

Brush Truck Team

Brush Truck Team

  • Move plants at least 3 feet from deck, porch or siding
  • Use low growing and/or moist plants

LADDER FUELS ARE PRESENT WHERE FIRE CAN CLIMB FROM LOWER TO HIGHER VEGETATION:

  • Remove ladder fuels in the 30 foot defensible  space that allow the fire to climb to higher fuel INCLUDING your home
  • Laddering is acceptable in isolated islands or pockets away from structures or taller fuels

DEAD VEGETATION present, such as leaves and needles:

  • Prune and remove dead branches
  • Rake and remove leaves and needles from under vegetation

LARGE TREES AND PLANTS:

  • If present, maintain crown spacing between larger trees
  • Prune dead and overhanging branches over the roof
  • Locate larger trees away from the home
  • Trim lower branches of trees to at least 6 to 10 feet above ground

DRY/TALL GRASS OR DRY PLANTS are present:

  • Remove dry and tall grass near your home
  • Keep the defensible space green and healthy