Roll over the numbers below to learn about the simple steps you can take to dramatically increase the chance of your home surviving a wildfire.
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Remove all dead plants, grass and weeds.
Remove dead or dry leaves and pine needles from your yard, roof and rain gutters.
Trim trees regularly to keep branches a minimum of 10 feet from other trees.
Remove dead branches that hang over your roof. And keep branches 10 feet away from your chimney.
Relocate exposed woodpiles outside of Zone 1 unless they are completely covered in a fire resistant material.
Remove or prune flammable plants and shrubs near windows.
Remove vegetation and items that could catch fire from around and under decks.
Create a separation between trees, shrubs and items that could catch fire, such as patio furniture, swing sets, etc.
Cut or mow annual grass down to a maximum 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. However, they may be permitted to a depth of 4 inches if erosion control is an issue.
Mow before 10 a.m., but never when it’s windy or excessively dry.
Protect water quality. Do not clear vegetation near waterways to bare soil. Vegetation removal can cause soil erosion—especially on steep slopes.