is still in a drought and the weeds are much higher
this year than last. Please remember .......
...and it would be wise to
begin protecting your home
and property even earlier!
Homeowners asked to prepare earlier
due to increased fire activity
By Tehachapi News
Drought conditions lead to early need
of Defensible Space around homes State fire officials
are calling for homeowners to be award that drought
conditions make it important to do brush clearance earlier
In just the first three weeks of January, CAL FIRE has
already responded to a significant increase in wildfires
this winter due to the extremely dry conditions. As
a result, CAL FIRE officials are reminding residents
to ensure they are maintaining 100 feet of Defensible
Space; a reminder that comes several months earlier
"We are experiencing conditions right now that
we would usually see in August," said Chief Ken
Pimlott, CAL FIRE director. "In Southern California
we never really transitioned out of fire season and
in Northern California we are already in the process
of hiring additional seasonal firefighters to augment
our permanent firefighters who have been staffing extra
fire equipment this winter. We have increased our personnel
and now we need the public to make sure they, too, are
prepared for early fire season conditions."
(excerpt) Here are some tips to creating
Defensible Space: * Maintain
100 feet of Defensible Space around all structures.
* Clear all needles and leaves from roofs, eaves and
* Trim branches six feet from the ground.
* Landscape with fire resistant / drought tolerant
plants, that require little water
* Remove branches away from roofs and 10 feet from
* Use trimming, mowing and powered equipment before
10 a.m., and not on hot, windy days.
* Keep wood piles and flammable materials at least
30 feet from the home.