California experiences thousands of wildfires every year. Wildfires can spread incredibly fast because their flying embers are capable of traveling up to a mile away. This puts our families, homes, and surrounding wildlife at risk. Fortunately, you can help to stop the spread of wildfires by creating defensible space zones on your property.
Defensible space zones create a buffer between your home and the grass, shrubs, trees, and other wildland that surrounds it. This improves your home’s chances of surviving a wildfire. It also slows down the spread of a wildfire, giving firefighters a greater chance putting the fire out while it’s still manageable.
Defensible space zones can be created using plant and tree spacing. Within a 50 foot area around your home (Zone 1), all dead vegetation ought to be removed. Flammable plants and shrubs should also be removed. Tree branches in this area should be regularly trimmed to keep them a minimum distance of 10 feet away from other trees. Any wood piles that you have kept in this area should be moved to Zone 2.
Zone 2 is the area extending past the initial 50-feet around your home. Stretching 100 feet out from buildings, decks, and other structures, Zone 2 involves removing dead vegetation including fallen leaves, cones, small branches, bark, twigs, and needles. Your grass in this area also needs to be kept at a maximum height of four inches.
If there are shrubs and trees in Zone 2, you need to maintain horizontal and vertical spacing. For proper vertical spacing, trees need to be trimmed so that their branches and leaves are at least six feet away from the ground. For horizontal spacing, trees need to be kept 10, 20, and 30 feet apart on mild, moderate, and steep slopes respectively.
Ready to create defensible space zones in your yard? A-1 Tree Service & Stump Removal can help. Contact us today for a free quote. We look forward to helping you create a safe space for your home as soon as possible.