In January 2005, a state law took effect that extends defensible space clearance around homes and structures from 30 feet to 100 feet. Proper clearance to 100 feet dramatically increases the chance of your house surviving a wildfire. This defensible space also provides for firefighter safety when protecting homes during a wildland fire. Please click on the CalFIRE links below for additional information.
- Do your defensible space clearing before 10 a.m. - avoid hot and windy days
- Lawnmowers are designed to mow lawns. It is recommended to use a weed trimmer for weeds and dry grass.
- When clearing brush, remove rocks before you operate equipment. Hidden rocks in the grass or weeds can spark a fire when struck by a metal blade.
- In wildland areas, spark arresters are required on portable gasoline powered equipment including chainsaws, weed eaters, movers, tractors, motorcycles and ATVs.
- Shut all doors and windows