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Defensible Space

What you can do around your home to help firefighters protect your home from wildfire, including Firewise landscaping.

Useful information on Defensible Space



From 2000 to 2004, the North San Juan Fire Protection District carried out a project entitled The Coordinated Yuba Watershed Health Improvement and Monitoring Project. This effort was funded by money generated by the Safe, Clean Reliable Water Supply Act bond measure approved by California voters through Proposition 204 in the 1996 General Election. In addition to the final report, this project resulted in four pamphlets for use by homeowners in our area. They are:

Raising Animals on Small Acreage

Plants for Every Reason

How to Protect Your Home from Catastrophic Wildfire

Protecting Our Precious Resource - Water

Firewise Landscaping

Work with nature and choose plants that are climate and soil adapted.  Incorporating fire safe concepts into the residential landscape is one of the most important ways you can help your home survive a wildfire. Creating an area of defensible space does not mean you need a ring of bare dirt around your home. Through proper planning, you can have both a beautiful landscape and a fire safe home.

Hardening Structures Against Ember Intrusion

The Fire Next Time - An article by Char Miller

California Native Plant Society's Fremontia

VOL. 38, NO. 2 and VOL. 38, NO. 3

April 2010 and July 2010

Special Issue: Native Plants and Fire Safety


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