State law requires that residents treat 100 feet of defensible space around their homes. This includes such steps as mowing and properly maintaining lawn and weeds, pruning or removing ignitable trees and shrubs, stacking firewood away from the home and making sure the home’s address is visible to emergency vehicles.
Creating defensible space protects a home while providing a safe area for firefighters.
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In San Diego County, wildfires, both naturally occurring and human caused, are a major hazard to our communities.
San Diego County residents are urged to take steps now to assess their wildfire risk, safeguard their homes and prepare for the next firestorm.
You not only increase the safety of your property, but more importantly, you increase the safety of your family.
Be Ready. Take personal responsibility and prepare long before the threat of a wildland fire so your home is ready in case of a fire. Create defensible space by clearing brush away from your home. Use fire-resistant landscaping and harden your home with fire-safe construction measures. Assemble emergency supplies and belongings in a safe place, using the Family Disaster Plan as a guide. Plan escape routes and make sure all those residing within the home know the plan of action.
Get Set. Be prepared. Pack your emergency items. Stay aware of the latest news and information on the fire from local media, your local fire department and public safety. Visit SDCountyEmergency.com and install the free SD Emergency app.
Go! Act early. Follow your personal wildland fire action plan. Do not wait to be advised to leave if there is a possible threat to your home or evacuation route. Leave early enough to avoid being caught in fire, smoke or road congestion. If you are advised to leave by local authorities, do not hesitate! Doing so will not only support your safety, but will allow firefighters to best maneuver resources to combat the fire