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10 Steps to Wildfire Defensible Space

Defensible space is an area of 30 feet or more around your home that is kept free of features that tend to increase the risk of your home being destroyed.

1. Thin tree and brush cover
2. Dispose of trash and debris left from thinning (remove dead limbs, leaves and other litter)
3. Stack firewood away from home
4. Maintain irrigated green belt around the home
5. Mow dry grasses and weeds
6. Prune branches to 10 feet above the ground trim branches
7. Clean roof and gutters
8. Reduce density of surrounding forest
9. If you see a wildfire, call 9-1-1. Don't assume that someone else has already called. Describe the location of the fire, speak slowly and clearly, and answer any questions asked by the dispatcher.
10. Also make sure to improve driveway access and water supplies, have a fire-resistive roof, enclose overhanging eaves and decks, spark arrestors on chimneys, etc.

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