Cal Fire Says It's Time To Start Thinking Of Defensible Space

Cal Fire Says It's Time To Start Thinking Of Defensible Space

Even now as the Sierra’s are still covered in snow, Cal Fire staff throughout the Mother Lode have already started warning people it’s time to start thinking about defensible space. Seasonal defensible space inspectors started visiting residents in state responsibility areas on March 4th. Defensible space inspectors try to educate people about why the clear space is needed, but they also are tasked with enforcement, which can begin with monetary citations. Fire season in California used to encompass parts of spring and all of summer and autumn, but deadly, destructive mega-blazes have continued in November and December in recent years. Cal Fire scientists now say the fire threat in the Golden State is year-round. Regardless of when fire season begins, people who live in state responsibility areas under Cal Fire jurisdiction are required to provide and maintain a minimum of 100 feet of defensible space around all structures. To learn more about defensible space requirements visit readyforwildfire.org

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