SACRAMENTO (CBS13) – California law requires homeowners to maintain 100 feet of defensible space around homes and structures to increase you home’s chance of withstanding a wildfire.
More than eight million people own homes and businesses in wildland areas, meaning that homes and communities exist in areas that once burned as part of a natural process.
The 100 feet of defensible space is broken down into two zones.
ZONE 1: 30 feet of “Lean, Clean & Green”
- Remove all dead plants, grass, weeds.
- Remove dead/dry leaves and pine needles from your yard, roof, rain gutters.
- Keep tree branches at least 10 feet away from your chimney and other trees.
ZONE 2: 30-100 feet of Reduced Fuel
- Cut or mow grass to a maximum height of four inches.
- Create horizontal spacing between shrubs and trees.
- Create vertical spacing between grass, shrubs, trees.
CAL Fire offers a few more suggestions:
- Select less flammable plants
- Plants shorter than 2 feet are safer than taller plants
- Herbaceous plants that are kept green are a better choice than shrubs and trees
- Deciduous trees (tress that shed their leaves) are safer than evergreens
- Avoid planting juniper, pine, and palm trees
- Clear all flammable vegetation from within ten feet of propane tanks
If you notice tree limbs encroaching overhead lines you’re asked to contact your utility company.