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Are You Wildfire Ready?

Thousands of wildfires strike California every year so it's important to prepare your property and your family. Here are some tips from the California Department of Forestry & Fire Protection:

Create a defensible Space: It's the buffer that homeowners are required to create on their property between a structure and the plants, brush and trees. This space is needed to slow the spread of wildfire and improves firefighter safety.

Zone 1 - Extends 30 feet from buildings, decks and other structures:

  • Remove all dead plants, grass and weeds

  • Remove dead or dry leaves & pine needles from yard, roof, deck and rain gutters

  • Trim trees regularly and remove dead branches

  • Relocate exposed woodpiles away from structures

  • Remove vegetation and items that could catch fire from around and under decks

Zone 2 - Extends 30 to 100 feet from building and other structures

  • Cut or mow annual grass down to a max height of 4 inches

  • Create horizontal spacing between shrubs and trees

  • Create vertical spacing between grass, shrubs and trees

  • Remove fallen leaves, needles, twigs, bark cones, and small branches

Tips for building or remodeling:

  • Roof: Your roof is the most vulnerable part of your home. Build or re-roof with materials such as composition, metal or tile. Block any spaces to prevent embers from entering and starting a fire

  • Vents: Cover all vent openings with 1/8 inch to 1/4 inch metal mesh

  • Windows: Install dual paned windows and limit number of windows that face large areas of vegetation

  • Decks: Spaces within 10 feet of the building should be built with ignition-resistant,, non-combustible, or other approved materials

  • Eaves & Soffits, patio cover & fences: Should be protected with ignition resistant or non-combustible materials

  • Rain Gutters: Screen or enclose rain gutters to prevent accumulation of plant debris

Source: - California Department of Forestry & Fire Protection

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