FIRE SAFETY TIPS
15, 2003 -- Reduce
nature's fuel. Without fuel, a fire won't burn. So look around
your house for potential sources of fuel and reduce them.
Trees and plants that have a lot of dry foliage - acacia,
cedar, cypress, eucalyptus, juniper, pampas grass and pine
to name a few - are particularly hazardous. Keep them well
pruned and avoid growing them in clusters. Some fire resistant
trees are - maple, aspen, cottonwood, willow, alder, dogwood,
ash, locust walnut and oaks.
of an adequate clearance of flammable vegetation around buildings
has been proven to be one of the most important factors in
wild fire survival. California resource code requires clearance
of flammable vegetation for a minimum distance of 30 feet
to 100 feet around any structure located in a fire hazardous
area. Clearing around buildings provides a defensible perimeter.
weeds and low-growing native plants should be mowed close
to the ground.
weeded areas with fire-resistant plants. Check with your licensed
landscape company for your best options.
within the 100 foot area should have limbs trimmed 6 feet
from the ground, dead limbs and low foliage removed. Base
vegetation should be removed to prevent a ground fire from
"crowning" into a tree.
that portion of any tree that extends within 10 feet of the
outlet of any chimney or stovepipe.
sick, dying and dead trees.
or clean up trees with excessive deadwood.
flammable trees such as pine, cypress, juniper and eucalyptus