California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection
Amador-El Dorado Unit
CONTACT: Teri Mizuhara, Fire Prevention Specialist II, 530.708.2724
Camino "Defensible Space Works! Creating a buffer zone between your home and the wildland greatly reduces the risk of your home catching on fire from radiant heat or flying embers. These embers can destroy homes and even entire neighborhoods that are located far from the actual flame front of a wildfire. With one of the driest winters on record, it is crucial to have your defensible space established before the heat of the summer is upon us" cautions CAL FIRE Unit Chief Kelly Keenan of the Amador-El Dorado Unit. "Don't delay and start today if you haven't already begun to create defensible space around your home. Here are some tips on achieving a defendable home and property" adds Chief Keenan.
Keys to creating defensible space are:
Zone One extends up to 30 feet (or your property line whichever is closer) from every structure on your property
Zone Two extends from 30 feet to 100 feet (or to your property line whichever is closer)
The following areas of your home should be checked annually and maintained as needed:
For more detailed information on what you have read, please visit CAL FIRE's "Read-Set-Go" website at www.ReadyForWildfire.org or call 530-644-2345 to receive a free brochure.
For information on local green waste programs contact the Amador Fire Safe Council at www.amadorfiresafe.org, the El Dorado County Fire Safe Council at www.edcfiresafe.org, or the Alpine County Fire Safe Council at www.alpinefiresafe.org for details.