Signature Landscapes is a leading defensible space landscape contractor for the Truckee Meadows, Carson and Tahoe/Truckee region. This means our expertise and manpower can quickly and effectively help to provide our firefighters with a safe place from which to defend your home from an approaching wildland fire. Homes with adequate defensible space are more likely to survive a wildland fire, even without firefighter assistance.
Defined as the area around your home where the vegetation has been modified to reduce the fire threat. The size of a home’s defensible space varies, 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.
Call Signature Landscapes today and take steps to create a fire-safe landscape for your home as well as your neighborhood. It takes a community to keep everyone’s home safe from the devastation of fire.
Local fire departments would like to encourage you to create a defensible space around your home. You can do this by implementing the three “R’s” into your landscaping design: Removal, Reduction, and Replacement.
Start the Spring with Fire Safety
There are a few simple things homeowners can do to help protect their property before a wildfire.
Remove dead or flammable vegetation.
- Reduce vegetation by pruning or mowing. Providing space between plants and trees removes the continuous fuel bed that might otherwise exist throughout your yard. The more continuous and dense the vegetation in your yard, the greater the wildfire threat to your home.
- Replace flammable vegetation with less hazardous choices. Shorter plants are better than taller plants, and non-woody plants are better than evergreens or junipers.
“Shifting our thinking now is critical given some disturbing projections from the nation’s wildfire experts:”
- Fire seasons will become longer, more intense, and wildfires will be more difficult to control.
- The number of people living in or adjacent to high fire-hazard areas will increase.
- Our firefighting resources will not keep pace with the increased wildfire threat.
Ed Smith, Natural Resource Specialist University of Nevada Cooperative Extension
Download the following PDF booklets to learn how you can create a landscape in fire-prone areas: