Help Protect Lives And Property By Reducing Wildfire Fuels
California law (PRC 4291) generally requires owners and lessees of structures located in areas with flammable vegetation to reduce vegetation within 100 feet of the structures.
This area around structures is part of what is called "defensible space," which also includes areas along emergency access routes and other places where wildfire fuel should be reduced to protect lives and property in the event of wildfire.
CAL FIRE's Guidelines encourage communities to create community-wide defensible space. The FSCMC can help you and your neighbors accomplish that goal. See our grants page for information on how the FSCMC can help.
The following videos help explain the importance of defensible space and how to create and maintain it.
Burning embers and firebrands are a primary source of structure ignition during wildfires. Burning embers can drift in heated air currents far ahead of an advancing wildfire front and are capable of blowing almost anywhere.
The following video shows highlights of simulated wildfire ember production during tests conducted at the Insurance Institute for Business & Home Safety's multi-peril research center in South Carolina. The video shows a near life-size home with different types of construction being subjected to live embers driven by the IBHS's fan system. You can use the information in this video to learn about and correct some of the vulnerable aspects of the construction of your home and other structures.
A website on the Australian Black Saturday fires has a video showing how unusual measures taken by a father and son saved their home, which was surrounded by fire and otherwise would likely have not survived. Click on the image below to be taken to the video titled "Knowing The Enemy" (advance the video to 5 minutes and 27 seconds to go to the discussion on how their home survived).
It is important to understand that CAL FIRE does not support the concept of "stay and defend," and does not recommend it. However all fire authorities acknowledge that conditions may be such that residents have no other option.
Your support today may prevent wildfire tomorrow!
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