Fire Mitigation & Defensible Space

What is Defensible Space? It is a buffer around your home, outbuildings, etc. that has been mitigated to reduce the potential to spread a wildfire. Defensible space, being firewise, improves the chance your home and neighborhood can be saved from a wildfire. By cleaning up and maintaining your property, removing ladder fuels and other combustible object, a fire can be slowed or even stopped before it spreads to your home. Defensible Space also helps protect firefighters and provides them a place to work. Creating defensible space around homes is a critical aspect of protecting mountain communities.

Easy Things to Do

  • Rake up dead grass, pine needles, leaves, pine cones and dispose of them
  • Remove dead or dying trees and bushes
  • Keep the grass yard and fields mowed
  • Trim low hanging tree branches, 6-foot clearance to the ground
  • Trim any branches that are within 10 feet of your house, building
  • Trim any branches that hang over your roof or near your chimney
  • Clean out roof gutters
  • Clean out under decks and around gardens
  • Move wood piles at least 50 feet away from your home
  • Remove old junk piles that contain flammable Materials

Next Steps

  • Select fire-safe landscaping, fire-resistant plants
  • Use synthetic fire-resistant materials for decks and fencing
  • Purchase fire-resistant patio furniture
  • Cut down trees based on spacing and the slope of the property
  • Make sure driveways and property are accessible for Fire Trucks to enter, turn around and exit

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