Drought & Defensible Space
WHAT IS DEFENSIBLE SPACE?
Defensible Space is the area around a structure where vegetation has been modified to reduce the fire threat. The size of your defensible space will vary, depending upon property size, location, and topography. Sometimes a defensible space is simply a homeowner’s properly maintained backyard. Yet another property owner might need to provide over 200 feet of defensible space around their property.
Start the Spring with Fire Safety
There are a few simple things homeowners can do to help protect their property before a wildfire.
SIGNATURE’S DEFENSIBLE SPACE TEAM WILL ALWAYS:
- Reduce vegetation by pruning, hand crews or mowing
Space between plants & trees removes the continuous fuel bed that might otherwise exist
- Remove dead & flammable vegetation from slopes
Debris, branch piles, & various materials add up to become fuel for even the smallest sparks.
- Replace flammable vegetation with less hazardous choices
Shorter plants are better than taller plants & nonwoody plants are better than evergreens or junipers.