MARIPOSA – Recent rains and warm sunshine has fueled recent vegetation growth. The fire season is fast approaching and if vegetation is not managed it can create hazardous conditions for wildfire.
Cal Fire’s Defensible Space Inspectors (DSI) are visiting homes within the State Responsibility Area (SRA) to enforce the Defensible Space code, Public Resource Code (PRC) 4291. It requires residents of California to provide and maintain a defensible space of 100 feet (minimum) around all structures.
The DSI’s are talking with residents and are available to answer questions on how to keep their homes safe.
Homeowners can substantially increase the chance of their home surviving a wildland fire by following these 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 your roof, eaves and rain gutters and under decks.
- 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.
If you would like a DSI to come to your home and advise you on defensible space, call your local fire station or the Cal Fire Command Center at 209-966-3622.
For more information visit ReadyForWildfire.org.