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County unveils defensible space concepts

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The LAFD guidelines suggest a zone (“Zone 1”) of at least 30 feet surrounding the home – a place where intensive defensible space measures can be effective. • Thin tree canopies to allow for an average clearance of 15 feet between crowns of trees
• For trees taller than 30 feet, trim limbs and branches to be at least 8 feet above ground level
• Trim tree limbs and branches at least 10 feet from the roof and 15 feet from any chimney
• Remove dead fuels or combustible debris away from the home — especially flammable vegetation such as dead leaves or pine needs that can tend to “layer” around properties yearly
• Vegetation remaining in Zone 1 should be of a fire resistant species and spaced or sized to disrupt ladder fuels (vegetation that allows fire to move from low growing plants to taller ones)
• Remove dead trees – standing and down – and any dead shrubs, branches or leaves
• Store firewood and combustible debris (wood scraps, grass clippings, leaf piles, etc) as far away as possible from porches, decks and crawl spaces
• If a fuel storage tank is present on the property, treat it as a separate structure and give it all possible defensible space considerations allowable by its location
• Remove selected trees that are in dangerous proximity to the home
• Remove selected trees as needed to improve fire crew access
Additional Zone 2 Defensible Space Guidelines to be applied, if possible:
• Thin tree canopies to allow for an average clearance of 15 feet between crowns of trees
• Vegetation remaining in Zone 2 should be of a fire resistant species and spaced or sized to disrupt ladder fuels (vegetation that allows fire to move from low growing plants to taller ones)
• Remove dead trees – standing and down – and any dead shrubs, branches or leaves
• Store firewood and combustible debris (wood scraps, grass clippings, leaf piles, etc) as far away as possible from porches, decks and crawl spaces
• Remove selected trees as needed to improve fire crew access