How to protect your home from wildfire...

California's wildland areas are subject to devastating fires during the long, dry summers. Weather and vegetation combined with the mountainous terrain intensify the fire problem and complicate the control efforts.

Although we have an extensive fire prevention campaign, each year there are thousands of wildfires. Many of these fires threaten homes; all to often, homes are destroyed.

Wildfire in brush, grass or timbered areas can threaten your home. The primary responsibility for protecting this property is the resident's--yours!

The California Department of Forestry shares the responsibility for coping with this fire threat with you. However, the nearest responding station may be some distance away, and when large vegetation fires occur and threaten residential areas, fire control forces may be overwhelmed.

Chances for home and building survival can be greatly increased if wildland occupants perform basic fire safe activities. Some of these are required by law and some are based upon experience.

To accomplish total fire safety, residents must accept their property protection responsibility.

To assist in the development of a fire safe property and for survival preparedness, this informational brochure has been prepared.

Before the Fire

Your responsibility begins with reading and understanding the law.

Excerpts from California State Fire Prevention Laws Applicable to Forest Fire Prevention

The maintenance of an adequate clearance of flammable vegetation around buildings has been proven to be one of the most important factors in their wildfire survival (another is a clean and fire-resistant roof covering). Clearing around buildings provides a defensible perimeter, enabling fire fighters or residents to safely lay hoselines and reducing the chance of flame contact and the intensity of radiated heat.

The winter period should be used for removal and easy disposal of brush, roof debris and overhanging tree limbs. Disposal by burning is regulated by the responsible fire agency and air pollution control district who should be contacted prior to any burning.

Comply with the Law

You probably live where you do because you like the wildland environment.

The State Fire Protection laws, which are designed to increase you chances of wildland fire survival, do not require you to destroy that environment by denuding the are around your home of all vegetation.

A homesite before survival clearing. Example of home prepared for fire survival.

Comply with the law and maintain the natural look: