Defensible Space

Preparing your Defensible Space

For maximum fire protection, create a Defensible Space around your home:

Create a no-fuel Zone 0-5 ft around your home

  • Clean and maintain roofs and gutters of dead leaves, debris and pine needles that could catch embers
  • Use hard surfaces, such as concrete or fire-resistant material
  • If planting, use widely spaced, non-woody, low herbaceous vegetation away from vents, windows and interior corners
  • Store firewood and flammable materials at least 30 ft away from your home, garage or deck
  • Shrubs and trees are not recommended in this zone
  • Trim back overhanging branches 10 ft from your roof

Create an Intermediate Zone 5-30 ft around your home

  • Create vegetation "islands" to break up contiguous fuels
  • Remove Ladder Fuels that allow fire to climb from the ground into the tree canopy
  • Get rid of leaf and needle debris from the yard
  • Keep grass under 8 in.
  • Keep vegetation well-irrigated and free from debris

Create an Extended Zone 30 -100 ft around your home

  • Create and maintain a minimum of 10 ft between the tops of trees
  • Remove Ladder Fuels
  • Remove dead trees and shrubs
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Contact Information

14506 Rough and Ready Hwy

Mailing address: PO Box 10 

Rough and Ready, CA 95975

Email: rarfpd@gmail.com

Office 530-432-1140

Fax 530-432-9076.

 

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