Sunday, April 26, 2009

Cal Fire: It's time to clear vegetation around home

The California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection, more popularly known as Cal Fire, is urging residents to create a 100-foot zone of defensible space around their homes before temperatures and the fire risk heat up.

Here are some Cal Fire tips that can help homes survive wildfires:

  • Remove all flammable vegetation within 30 feet of all structures.
  • In an additional 70 feet, space trees and plants away from one another.
  • Clear all needles and leaves from roofs, eaves and rain gutters.
  • Trim branches 6 feet from the ground.
  • Use trimming, mowing and power equipment before 10 a.m. and after 6 p.m., not during the heat of the day and not on extremely dry and windy days.
  • Landscape with fire-resistant plants.
  • Use fire-ignition-resistant building materials.

For more information on defensible space, visit the Cal Fire Web site at www.fire.ca.gov.

Source: Sacramento Bee

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