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CAMINO — The Amador-El Dorado Unit of Cal Fire will begin Defensible Space Inspections on Monday, April 29, in both Amador County and on the western slope of El Dorado County.
“Hopefully people have been working on their defensible space this spring as it has been a relatively dry one” said AEU Chief Kelly Keenan. ”With the strong potential for a drought this year, it is critical that everyone get to work today to give their home the best chance of surviving a wildfire.”
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
— Remove all dead and dying vegetation
— Remove leaf litter from your roof and rain gutters
— Relocate woodpiles well away from your home
— Trim trees so that they are a minimum of 10 feet from your chimney and roof line
— Remove “ladder fuels” (low-level vegetation that could allow fire to spread from the ground to shrubs and bushes to the tree canopies).
Zone Two extends from 30 feet to 100 feet (or to your property line whichever is closer)
— The key is to keep plant material separated from each other both horizontally and vertically, this prevents the vegetation from acting like a ladder and allowing the fire to move from the ground to the tree canopies
— Cut annual grasses down to a maximum of 4 inches in height
The following areas of your home should be checked annually and maintained as needed:
- Check that your chimney has an approved spark arrestor (screen) in good condition covering the opening. The screen should have openings no smaller than 3/8 inch and no larger than ½ inch.
- Keep the area under your deck or balcony free of combustible material. Never store your firewood under your deck.
- Consider having multiple garden hoses that are long enough to reach any area of your home and any structure on your property.
For more detailed information on what you have read visit Cal Fire’s “Read-Set-Go” website at ReadyForWildfire.org or call (530) 644-2345 to receive a free brochure.
For information on local green waste programs contact the El Dorado County Fire Safe Council at edcfiresafe.org/index.php.
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