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Emergency Preparedness

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.
Defensible Space Diagram