A MESSAGE FROM THE CHIEF
WILDFIRE AND DEFENSIBLE SPACE
It’s that time of the year to start getting our yards cleaned up and weeds wacked. The most important thing we can do as residents in the back country is to maintain defensible space around our homes, sheds and other out buildings. We cannot rely on fire suppression agencies to save our homes during a wildfire. There are more homes than fire engines and many times, during large fires, fire suppression agencies are overwhelmed with fire activity.
Southern California is a fire dependent ecosystem. Fire is a natural part of our environment and is something we have to learn to live with. Fighting fires and fire prevention are just a couple of tools we have to deal with wildfires, but having defensible space and fire hardening our homes is just as important if not more. Learning to live with fire by changing a few simple things can help. Removing flammable vegetation, and building with fireproof materials will not only help your home survive a fire but will also free suppression equipment so they can attack the fire and not just provide structure protection.
The real issue is not “if it will burn” but when it burns. Our entire County has burned by wildfires in the past and it will all burn again. So you have to ask yourself - Am I part of the problem or the solution? The solution is everyone doing their part to prepare for the next time fire enters our world, including Government agencies providing aggressive initial and extended attack of fires, extensive fire prevention programs and responsible fuels management programs on public land, and landowners doing their part by building defensible space and fire hardening our property and buildings.
provided links on this website to help you get the info you need. Also, there are links to free and low cost
chipping available in the area.
Zone 1: 30 feet adjacent to the home
Prune trees 6-10’ from the ground
Trim trees that overhang the home
Use non-flammable materials
Remove dead vegetation
Move firewood and propane tanks
Zone 2: 30-100 feet from the home
Space trees 20-30’ apart
Create “fuel breaks” like gravel walks
Remove brush and woody debris
National Weather Service
San Diego Emergency Site
Get preparedness app
Information before during and after fire and
register your cellphone
Get latest information on major wildfires