The geography, weather patterns and number of Wildland Urban Interface communities in
California make it a state particularly threatened by devastating wildfire
Get prepared for wildfire before it strikes by following
Ready, Set, Go!
Be Ready: Create and maintain defensible space and harden your home against flying embers.
Get Set: Prepare your family and home ahead of time for the possibility of having to evacuate.
Be Ready to GO!: Take the evacuation steps necessary to give your family and home the best chance of surviving a wildfire.
Preventing vegetation fires is a year-round responsibility for all property owners in the Fire District. It is the small hazards such as an ember landing on dried and cured grasses that will endanger your home and family. Use the following guidelines to survey your property and make improvements before the next wildfire strikes.
Create 100 Foot of Defensible Space Remove dry grass, brush, and other flammable materials around your home. Within the first 50 feet of the structure, provide maintained, watered, drought-tolerant, fire-resistive plants. Examples of fire-resistive plants are available on the District’s website. The next 50 feet of vegetation should be thinned by 50% and all dead plant material should be removed.
Harden Your Home with fire safe construction measures.
All Dead, Dying, or Diseased Trees & Shrubs Must be Removed! Unfortunately, some vegetation, such as the Eucalyptus, Pines, California Pepper, Oleanders, and certain Acacia species, have gone from being decorative to becoming a potential fire hazard. Remove dead and diseased vegetation within 100 feet from your home to reduce the threat!
Keep your Rain Gutters & Roof Clean of all Combustible Debris, such as leaves and pine needles.
Tree Branches should be a minimum of 10-feet from rooftops and fireplace chimneys.
Remove Dead Palm Fronds on palm trees within 100 feet of a structure or 30 feet from a
roadway or driveway.
No Illegal Dumping Dispose of yard clippings, plant waste, trash, debris and other
combustible materials in an appropriate manner. Do not dump debris in canyons and/or open
Propane Tanks need 10 feet clearance from combustible materials and vegetation.
Move Woodpiles and Trash Cans Away from Your Home. Firewood must be neatly
stacked and have a minimum of 30-feet of clearance from a structure. Trash enclosures or trashcan storage should be 10 feet away from a structure. Remember to keep the lid on the trashcans.
Combustible Mulch or Wood Chips should not be closer than 12 inches to any structure. This prevents fire from entering into the exterior walls of the structure.
Remember to pack your emergency items.
Stay aware of the latest news & information on the fire from local media and the fire district.
Follow your personal emergency action plan.
Doing so will not only support your safety, but will allow firefighters the ability to maneuver resources to combat the fire