||0 TO 5 FEET FROM THE HOUSE
key purpose of Zone A is to have the least flammable type of landscaping
immediately adjacent to the house to prevent ignition and direct exposure
| Remove all dead trees, shrubs and branches
|| Remove highly flammable native shrubs
|Remove plant material once it has cured (yellowed)
|| Avoid planting evergreen shrubs and trees such as junipers and pines.
| Maintain 5 feet vertical clearance from the roof surface. Keep the roof
surface free from debris.
|| Plant low growing vegitation with high moisture content
such as flowers and ground covers. Keep plants maintained and irrigated.
||5 TO 30 FEET FROM THE HOUSE
provides an area where firefighters can defend your home and where fuels
have been substantially reduced.
|Remove all dead trees,
shrubs and branches. If you desire, leave small groups of existing native
shrubs. Keep well maintained. Reduce height and remove branches that are
near the ground.
||Dry grass, weeds and small shrubs
must be maintained less than 3 inches.
|A thin layer of grass that is
compact and laying flat to the ground surface is acceptable.
|Bare ground in this
zone is unacceptable because of soil errossion concerns.
|Native trees are allowable so long
as the ladder fuels are removed (remove lower tree branches 3 - 6 feet
from the ground.)
|Use lawn, ground covers, erosion
contol devices, low growing shrubs and mulches in this zone.
||Keep plants green during fire
season. Use supplemented irrigation if necessary.
||30 TO 100 FEET FROM THE HOUSE
involved in this zone is to reduce fire intensity and flame length by
modifying the native vegetation.
|Remove all dead trees and branches.
||Break up thick
continuous stands of shrubs by selective removal: shrubs should average 18
feet apart. Remove the lower branches of remaining shrubs (with 3 feet of
|Grasses and small shrubs may be
left as high as 18 inches from the ground on steep slopes for slope
|On steep slopes, the distance for
Zone C may need to be extended.
||Remove dead woody material laying
on the ground.