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Protect Your Space

Learn how to increase your defensible space to help improve your home's chances of surviving a wildfire.

Cleaning a Rain Gutter

Sierra County Landowners:
Do you need help clearing wildfire-hazard vegetation from your property?

We are working on strategies to reduce wildfire risks on private parcels and we need to hear from you! Visit our Hazardous Fuel Reduction page and fill out an Expression of Interest form. It only takes a few minutes.

How do I know if my home has defensible space?

CALFIRE defensible space illustration

Defensible space -- the buffer you create between a building on your property and the grass, trees, shrubs, or any wildland area that surrounds it -- is essential for improving your home’s chance of surviving a wildfire. 

Downloadable Resources

Guide to Defensible Space & Home Hardening

What is the ideal spacing between bushes, trees, and your home? CAL FIRE's "READY" covers defensible space and home hardening.

Reducing Wildfire Risks in the Home Ignition Zone
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Here are some steps you can take to increase your home’s survivability in a wildfire. Includes a house and immediate zone checklist.

Forest Management for Small-Parcel Landowners
Forest Management for Small Parcel Landowners

This handbook is a useful reference guide for helping small-parcel landowners (10-100 acres) develop a sound forest management strategy. 

Thinking of selling your property? You may need a defensible space inspection.

Home ignition zone illustration

According to California Civil Code, when you sell property that is located in a high fire hazard zone, you’ll need documentation of a compliant Defensible Space Inspection. Read more here.

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