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