Cal Fire's Defensible Space Inspectors are visiting homes to ensure local residents maintain a defensible space of a minimum of 100 feet around all structures.
Due to recent rains and warm sunshine, vegetation growth has been charged and with fire season fast approaching, if not managed correctly it can create hazardous conditions.
DSIs are visiting homes to inspect, inform and answer questions about defensible space. If work is required on the property the DSI will inform the homeowner and later return to see if progress has been made. If the property owner is still not compliant, a time frame to finish the work will be set up. Upon expiration of the time frame, if the homeowner has still not addressed the issues, a citation will be issued.
The DSIs enforce the Defensible Space code, Public Resource Code 4291 which requires residents of California to provide and maintain defensible space around all property structures.
According to Cal Fire, homeowners can substantially increase the chance of their home surviving a wildland fire by adhering to fire-safe practices.
- Maintain defensible space for a minimum of 100 feet or more around your structures by removing dead trees, brush, cutting grass and trimming trees 6-15 feet off the ground.
- Clean all needles and leaves from you roof, eaves, and rain gutters and under desks.
- Trimming tree limbs within 10 feet of your chimney and all dead limbs hanging over your house and/or garage.
- Make sure your address is clearly visible for easy identification in an emergency.
- Make sure driveway access to your home is clear of low hanging branches and cleared of flammable vegetation for 10 feet from the road edges.
- While firefighters are busy performing fire prevention projects and training for this upcoming fire season, it’s critical that residents do their part to prepare for wildfires by maintaining their 100 foot clearance around their homes and property.