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Prepare for an Early Fire Season - creating defensible space in Sonoma County


Prepare for an Early Fire Season

by creating defensible space in Sonoma County

In light of the extreme drought conditions, we are asking residents to prepare early this year in creating a defensible space. Here is what you can do to protect your family, home and community:

  • Maintain 100 feet of defensible space around all structures
  • Clear all needles, leaves from roofs, eaves, and rain gutters
  • 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 the chimney
  • Use trimming, mowing, and powered equipment before 10 am, and not on hot, windy days
  • Keep woodpiles and flammable items at least 30 feet from the home

For more information on preparing for wildfires and creating a defensible space in Sonoma County, visit or CALFire’s

Creating Defensible Space Around Your Home