Brushfire Safety

Urban Areas
  • Keep your weeds and grass cut.
  • Properly dispose of trash and debris. Piles of refuse such as old furniture, boxes and pallets are fires waiting to happen. Even old cars can burn!
  • Remove dead and piled up vegetation, and dispose of it properly.
  • Stack firewood away from structures, fences or anything else that may be combustible.
Rural Areas
  • Create at least a 30-ft. safety zone or firebreak around your home.
  • Limit the placement of plants next to structures, under eaves, overhangs, decks, etc.
  • Limit the use of flammable plants in landscape design. Choose fire resistant varieties.
  • Limit the use of plants placed at the bases of trees or large shrubs.
  • Limit the use of plants that develop dry or dead undergrowth.
  • Limit the use of plants that have shaggy bark or dry leaves that shed annually.
  • Limit the use of trees and shrubs that have large volumes of foliage and branches.
  • Plant trees and large shrubs in sparse, separate areas.
  • Remove ladder fuels (plants that provide a link between the ground and tree limbs.)