NORTH STATE, Calif. - Wildfire season does not truly stop in Calfornia, but with the dry season approaching, it is more important than ever to have defensible space.
Defensible space is where a person creates at least 100 feet of space where firefighters can come in and defend their home.
The space is made up of two homes: one within 30 feet of the home, and another 30-100 feet away from the home.
Cal Fire says it is important to take initiative early and have a system in place.
"Theres so much overgrowth in our community that its hard to achieve in a small time frame .. its really more a plan throughout the years and sometimes several years," said Susan Beler, a defensible space inspector for Cal Fire.
Tips for creating zone one of a defensible space include:
- Removing all dead plants, grass and weeds
- Triming trees regularly to keep branches a minimum of 10 feet from other trees.
- Removing or pruning flammable plants and shrubs near windows.
- Relocating wood piles into Zone 2.
Tips for creating zone two of a defensible space include:
- Cutting or mowing annual grass down to a maximum height of 4 inches.
- Removing fallen leaves, needles, twigs, bark, cones, and small branches
The Ready for Wildfire website has a full list of how to create defensible space.