Protect Your Home with Fuel Modification or Defensible Space
Homes located next to vegetation must have either defensible space or a fuel modification program. Defensible space is a clear or sparsely planted area around your home. Fuel modification zones, required for most homes built after 1980, are buffer areas between homes and flammable vegetation. By maintaining these fuel breaks, you are protecting your home and you are providing firefighters with a place to take a stand.
Fire-resistant plants can act as a firebreak and protect your home. The following are just a few fire resistant plants and shrubs:
Aloe Vera Bird of Paradise Bouganvillea Ice Plant
Fire Resistive Plant Lists
Clear a Defensible Space
Harden the House
- Install a ¼ inch mesh screen over attic vents.
- Select non-combustible roof and enclose all eaves.
- Make sure your address number is visible from the street. Consider installing fire sprinklers and dual pane glass.
- Contact your local building official for assistance.
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When Wildfire Approaches
- Stay informed through television, radio, and local agencies.
- Evacuate if directed by authorities, or if fire is headed toward your home and use pre-identified road "escape routes."
- Close heavy draperies; but remove lightweight curtains.
- Leave lights on in the house to mark your home for emergency responders.
- Turn off propane gas supply at the tank.
- Watch for downed power lines – treat all wires as energized and lethal.
- If you can see the fire is close, it may be too late to travel. Seek shelter in your house or in a wide, clear, safe area.
What if my kids are in school?
What should I do with my animals?
What If I Choose to Ignore Evacuation Orders?
- Be prepared for intense heat and black, blinding, choking smoke.
- Keep hoses, portable pumps, rakes, and shovels available.
- Fill tubs, pools and ponds with water, and attach hoses to outside taps or pump.
- Place a metal ladder outside for roof access.
- Wear long sleeve shirts, long pants, heavy boots, gloves, goggles, and a bandana.
- Inside your house is the safest place to seek temporary refuge as the fire front passes.
- If the house or propane tank becomes involved in fire, seek secondary shelter.
- Once the fire front passes, be ready to putout fires on your roof or in your attic.
The Ready, Set, Go! program provides information on preparing for a wildfire and tips for creating a more fire-safe environment for you and your family.