CAL FIRE visiting rural residencies for Defensible Space Inspections

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By Will Powers Special to the Express Winter rains and recent warm sunshine have 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 Sonoma-Lake-Napa Unit Defensible Space Inspectors (DSI) will be visiting homes within the State Responsibility Area (SRA) to enforce Public Resource Code (PRC) 4291. It requires California residents 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 desks.
  • Trim 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, residents must do their part by maintaining a 100-foot area of defensible space around their homes. For additional information on how to create Defensible Space and tips to prevent wildfires, visit www.ReadyForWildfire.org. Download the ReadyForWildfire App at google play or the App Store to receive wildfire alerts in your area.

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