Assure safe access and egress by maintaining vegetation within 10 feet of roadways and driveways similarly to the Immediate Zone. Provide for 13½ foot clearance above roadway.
FAQ Topic: Fire & Paramedic
Remove lower tree branches within 5 feet of the ground, not to exceed ¹/3 of the tree’s total height. Cut and remove grasses and weeds to a maximum height of 3 inches. Loose surface material, including leaves, twigs, and mulch, should be no more than 3 inches deep. Remove all Combustible Vegetation (single-specimen exemptions may … Continued
Remove all Junipers, Bamboo, Acacia, and Italian Cypress. Remove all vegetation within 10 feet of chimney or stovepipe. Keep woodpiles and other highly combustible material at least 10 feet from structures.
Remove accumulated leaves, needles and dead vegetative growth from the roof, gutters, decks, porches, and stairways. All vegetation in this zone shall be well-irrigated and free from dead or dying material. Trim to avoid contact with structure. Maintain adequate space between tree canopies. Remove all dead and dying branches. Remove all Combustible Vegetation. Remaining plants … Continued
Prevents ladder fuel from igniting under or near your structure and climbing up the siding of your home.
Separation and spacing of vegetation is key to a fire safe landscape.
This includes grass, plants, shrubs, trees, branches, leaves, weeds, and needles. These types of fuel ignite quickly and easily from wind blown embers.
This includes any vegetation next to or hanging over a building to eliminate the closest threat.
The roof is the most vulnerable part of the structure. While your roof may be fire rated, embers can still ignite combustible materials like needles or leaves that have accumulated on the roof or in the gutters.
Chimneys and stovepipes radiate heat, reduce the risk of ignition by creating space around them. Ensure they are screened and if they are used, sealed. Reduce the possibility that wind blown embers could enter your home.