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Cal Fire: Create defensible space around home

Submitted to The Union

Beginning this week, inspectors from Cal Fire will be conducting defensible space inspections in Nevada, Yuba and Placer counties.

"We live in an area where the fire risk is already very high and with the drought, this year is on track to be a challenging fire season," said Nevada-Yuba-Placer Chief Brad Harris. "Creating and maintaining defensible space is critical for the protection of homes."

Defensible space inspections are supported by the State Responsibility Area Fire Prevention Fee, which is an annual fee assessed to rural residents for fire prevention services in the SRA.

The Fire Prevention Fee resulted from a law signed by Governor Brown in 2011, which imposed a fee to residents owning habitable structures in the SRA. The Fire Prevention Fee is dedicated to support fire prevention activities throughout the 31 million acres of SRA in California.

California Public Resources Code 4291 requires homeowners living in State Responsibility Area to maintain 100 feet of defensible space around structures. Cal Fire inspectors will be educating residents and evaluating properties to make sure they are in compliance with state law.

Here are some tips that can help homes survive wildfires:

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— Remove all flammable vegetation 30 feet from all structures.

— In an additional 70 feet, space trees and plants away from each other.

— Clear all needles and leaves from roofs, eaves and rain gutters.

— Trim branches six feet from the ground.

— Use trimming, mowing and power equipment before 10 a.m. and after 6 p.m.

— Landscape with fire resistant plants.

— Use fire ignition resistant building material.

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