Courtesy - FIRESafe Marin
IT’S THE BUFFER YOU CREATE BETWEEN A BUILDING ON YOUR PROPERTY AND THE GRASS, TREES, SHRUBS, OR ANY WILDLAND AREA THAT SURROUND IT. DEFENSIBLE SPACE IS ESSENTIAL TO IMPROVE YOUR HOME’S CHANCE OF SURVIVING A WILDFIRE.
Defensible space will help slow or stop the spread of wildfire and protect your home from catching fire – either from direct flame contact or radiant heat. Defensible space is also important to help protect firefighters when they are defending your home.
Defensible space means a healthy, well maintained landscape. Native plants and trees, and healthy habitat for birds, animals, and pollinators can and should be part of your defensible space. Creating defensible space does not mean you need a ring of bare dirt around your home! Through proper planning and routine maintenance, you can have both a beautiful landscape and a fire resistant home.
Your home may be the most valuable investment you ever make. If you live in a high-risk fire hazard area, protect against the chance of losing that investment by creating defensible space and "hardening" your home with fire-resistant construction materials and design.