HOME IGNITION ZONE: WITHIN 30 FEET OF ALL STRUCTURES
All pine needles, weeds, leaves and debris will be cleared. (See optional expanded requirements)
Flammable chaparral species (like Manzanita and Chamise) and dead trees will be removed. In certain cases, single specimens of ornamental shrubs may remain.
Any tree branches (live or dead) within 10 feet of a chimney or stovepipe will be removed.
Dead or dying tree branches that touch or overhang a structure will be removed. The general recommendation is to limb any alive branches that touch or overhang a structure be removed to provide additional protection for your home.
The roof of any structure will be free of leaves, pine needles or other dead materials.
Chimneys will be covered with wire screen: the mesh of the screen will be ½ inch or less. Excessively small mesh may cause clogging.
Firewood piles within 10 feet of a house will be covered with a tarp. This includes firewood piled against a house or under a deck. We do not recommend stacking firewood against your house. Firewood may also be stored in a covered shed.
All dead grass, weeds, and non-ornamental plants will be cut to ground level.
WILDLAND FUEL REDUCTION ZONE: WITHIN 100 FEET OF ALL STRUCTURES
Pine needles, weeds or duff will not exceed a depth of 3 inches.
All live trees will be limbed up. Please note this applies to native trees, not brush or chaparral.
For brush and chaparral, the distance between crowns (tops) will be equal to the widest adjacent plant. All dead limbs and twigs will be removed from the remaining plants.
Any dead tree will be removed; this includes the removal of slash material.
Street addresses will be posted in numbers at least 3 inches high and clearly visible from the public street.
Piles of flammable waste in any yard, vacant lot or open space will be removed. This includes piles of plant trimmings, grass, weeds, construction debris, and rubbish or litter of any kind.
Private easements need to be cleared to provide access for fire equipment.
All owners of property (this also includes vacant land) will provide fire clearance for adjacent neighbors if the adjacent property includes a structure AND if that structure is within 100 feet of the common property line.
All weeds, brush, trash or other combustible material shall be cleared a minimum of 10 feet in all directions from all LP gas tanks or containers.
OPTIONAL EXPANDED REQUIREMENTS
WITHIN 30 FEET OF ALL STRUCTURES
All noxious or dangerous vegetation of a seasonal and recurrent nature including but not limited to grass, weeds, and non-ornamental plants, that create a hazard or nuisance will be cut to ground level and removed.
All pine needles, leaves or any other dead materials will be cleared from the roof, eaves, and gutters of any structure.
Excess pine needles, leaves, duff, etc. will be cleared to no more than 2”. Take care not to disturb the 1”-2” duff layer of dark decomposing needles and duff, leaving bare, un-vegetated soil without mulch unless otherwise desired or necessary.
WITHIN 100 FEET OF ALL STRUCTURES
It is recommended that a 30’ wide area for fuel break be maintained for protection around the property.
It is recommended that live trees should be thinned to approximately one tree every 500-1100 sq ft. (22-23 ft apart on center, 40-80 trees/acre)