What is the defensible space around your home? Simply put, it’s an area where you have cleared away anything that could make it easier for wind and fire to damage your home. Your defensible space can be divided into 3 zones. The area within 15 feet of your home should be free of anything flammable and loose debris. This means that you should cut down trees and bushes and eliminate branches and leaves from the ground.

In the second zone which goes out to between 75 and 125 feet from your home, you can have some bushes and trees, but they should be spread out so fire can’t spread from one to the next. You should also keep the ground as clear from debris as possible.

The third zone will go out to the boundaries of your property, and there you won’t need to be as diligent with trimming, but at the same time, you shouldn’t let it grow wild.