Your Best Defense Against Fire

In Southern California it is not a matter of if, but when will a raging fire again burn through-out an area. And there aren’t enough fire engines to protect every house. Firefighters need your help to give your home a fighting chance. The single most important feature that will help your home stand alone against fire and give firefighters a base to battle the flames is a fire safe landscape.

What is a Fire Safe Landscape

A fire safe landscape isn’t necessarily the same thing as a well-manicured yard. A fire safe landscape uses fire resistant plants that are strategically planted to resist the spread of fire to your home. The good news is, you don’t need a lot of money to make your landscape fire safe. And you will find that a fire safe landscape can increase your property value and conserve water while beautifying your home.

What Types of Fire-Resistant Plants Should I Choose?

Generally these plants:
• Grow close to the ground.
• Have a low sap or resin content.
• Grow without accumulating dead branches, needles or leaves.
• Are easily maintained and pruned.
• Are drought-tolerant.

Can I Clear Into Open Space?

If an open space easement is located on your property you may legally clear the 100 feet from your structure, even if it takes you into that easement, upon written authorization of your fire protection district. No irrigated, or non-native landscaping is allowed within an open space easement. Also, please read the Fire Clearing FAQ Sheet for simple answers to questions about clearing brush.

What is Combustible Vegetation?

Combustible vegetation is any material that left in its natural state will readily ignite, burn and cause fire to move to any structure or other vegetation. This would include dry grass, brush, weeds, litter and waste.