UC ANR Home Landscaping for Fire (2008)

Published: June 24, 2021

Incorporating fire safe concepts into the residential landscape is one of the most important ways you can help your home survive a wildfire.  When conditions are dry and windy, the grasses, brush, trees, or other vegetation surrounding your home become a dangerous fuel source.  Creating an area of defensible space (or area of reduced fuel) between your home and flammable vegetation reduces the risk of home ignition.  This guide provides best practices for fire risk reduction on a residential scale and addresses landscape design and maintenance, and building materials. 

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