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Fire in California

Wildfire Preparation

Fire is an inevitable part of living in California, but there are key ways to prepare. Building resistance in the surrounding landscape, the WUI area, and in your structures are necessary to improve your chances of withstanding wildland fire.

Use the following resources to understand your risks, identify resources, and know your limitations when implementing preventative treatments.

Identify Your Local Fire Hazard Ranking

Click on the map to find your local county.

Create Defensible Space

Defensible space does more than just preventing fire from reaching your home. Defensible space gives fire fighters a safe area from which they can defend your property.

Reduce Landscape Fuels

In addition to the area directly around the home, consider your proximity to hazardous fuels. Fire can build energy as it moves through a natural area, making it an unstoppable force by the time it reaches you. Prevent this with strategic landscape treatments before you are placed at risk.



Use Fire-Resistant Building Materials

Embers are the primary cause of home ignition during fire. Choosing the right building materials and design features to reduce the influence of embers on your home can drastically improve your home's chances of survival. 

Use Fire-Adapted Landscaping

Home landscaping in California must consider threat from fire. The best plants are low lying species with strong root systems that can easily respond to fire.
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