Vegetation Management is the controlling of plant materials to prevent wildfire spread. Following Vegetation Management guidelines will help protect your home from the damage that occurs when wind driven embers come into contact with vegetation.
Defensible Space is an area between a house and an oncoming wildfire where the vegetation has been controlled, trimmed, or removed to reduce wildfire threat. In many cases, Defensible Space is simply the yards in front and back of the home.
Even native plants and ornamental plants used for landscaping can ignite during a wildfire. Vegetation that is properly separated can help protect your home by reducing the fire’s ability to spread.
Dead & Dying Plants
All plants can burn, but the low moisture content in vegetation that’s dead or dying makes it extremely dangerous during a wildfire, increasing the risk for your home and your family.
Some plants catch fire and burn more easily than others. The likelihood that your home will survive a wildfire may depend on the vegetation that surrounds it.
Fire-resistive plants can absorb more heat from a wildfire without burning than many other plant species. When combined with plant separation, the use of fire-resistive plants can slow the spread of a wildfire and help protect your home.
Following simple safety guidelines when maintaining your yard can prevent wildfires before they occur or stop them before they spread.
A Fuel Modification Zone is a strip of land where native or ornamental vegetation has been controlled, trimmed, or removed to reduce wildfire risk to the home and community.