A Defensible Space of 100 feet around your home is required by law.
It protects your home while providing a safe area for firefighters.


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100′ Defensible Space


“Lean, Clean & Green Zone”
  • Lawn, weeds and other landscaping in the first 50 feet around your home should be mowed and properly maintained.

  • Thinning and pruning the brush and trees in the first 50 feet around your home is critical.

  • Clean all needles and leaves from your roof and gutters.

  • Trim tree limbs at least 10 feet from chimneys, and remove dead branches hanging over your home or garage.

  • The law requires a screen over your chimney outlet of not more than 1/2 inch mesh.

“Reduced Fuel Zone”
  • Create horizontal and vertical spacing between plants to improve your chance of stopping a wildfire before it destroys your home.

  • Remove lower tree limbs to reduce the risk of a vertical fire ladder.

“Additional Tips”
  • Use care when operating equipment such as lawn-mowers. One small spark may start a fire; a string trimmer is much safer.

  • Check with your local fire department for additional requirements.


Contact your local CAL FIRE office, fire department, or Fire Safe Council for tips and assistance.