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Create Defensible Space Zones

11/5/2021 (Permalink)

Zone 0: 0 feet to 5 feet

The Immediate Zone is closest to your house and the most vulnerable — it should be most aggressively maintained for fire resistance.

  • Remove any combustible outdoor furniture. Replace jute or fiber door mats with fire resistant materials.
  • Remove or relocate all combustible materials, including garbage and recycling containers, lumber and trash
  • Clean all fallen leaves and needles regularly. Repeat often during fire season.
  • Remove tree limbs that extend into this zone. No vegetation is recommended within five feet of structures.
  • Do not store firewood, lumber or combustibles under decks or overhangs.
  • Use only inorganic, non-combustible mulches such as stone or gravel.

Zone 1: 5 feet to 30 feet

  • The Intermediate Zone may include buildings, structures, decks, etc. Keep this area “Lean, Clean, and Green.”
  • Remove dead plants, grass dry leaves and pine needles from your yard, roof and rain gutters.
  • Trim trees regularly to keep branches a minimum of 10 feet from other trees.
  • Remove branches that hang over your roof, and keep dead branches 10 feet away from your chimney.
  • Relocate wood piles into Zone 2, or at least 30 feet from any structures.
  • Remove vegetation and items that could catch fire from around and under decks.

Zone 2: 30 feet to 100 feet

The Extended Zone may even include space more than 100 feet away if required by steep slopes, nearby vegetation conditions, and/or your local fire department.

  • Cut or mow annual grass down to a maximum height of four inches.
  • Remove fallen leaves, needles, twigs, bark, cones and small branches. However, they may be permitted to a depth of three inches if erosion control is an issue.

Check with your local fire department for any additional defensible space or weed abatement ordinances.

https://www.farmers.com/catastrophe/wildfire-defense/

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