Defensible space required under new Paradise ordinance

Defensible space around homes is now an ordinance in Paradise.

Posted: Sep 11, 2019 7:18 PM
Updated: Sep 11, 2019 7:24 PM

PARADISE, Calif. - Defensible space around homes is now an ordinance in Paradise.

The Paradise town council passed the ordinance on September 10 and, under the new rules, homeowner's must have 100 feet of defensible space on their property.

Plants, shrubs and trees planted a distance apart from one another are required so it is not a fire hazard.

As well as wooden fences cannot connect closer than five-feet to the home.

"I feel good about it," said Mayor Judy Jones. "I feel our council is doing what our community has asked us to do and that is to rebuild in a way that is safer for our residents."

The ordinance is expected to go into effect the second Tuesday of November, just a few days after the one-year anniversary of the Camp Fire.

The fire department will be responsible for enforcing the new rules and they intend to inspect every property over a three-year period.

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