Make sure plants are carefully spaced, low growing and free of resins, oils and waxes that burn easily.
Mow your lawn regularly.
Prune trees 6–10 feet from the ground.
Create a spacing of 30 feet between tree crowns.
Create a ‘fire-free’ area within 5 feet of your home, using non-flammable landscaping materials.
Remove dead vegetation from under the deck and within 10 feet of the house.
Water plants, trees and mulch regularly.
Consider xeriscaping if you are affected by water restrictions.
30 – 100 feet from your home:
Leave 30 feet between clusters of two to three trees, or 20 feet between individual trees.
Plant a mixture of deciduous trees, such as oaks and maples, and coniferous trees, like pines.
Create fuel breaks like driveways and gravel walkways.
Prune trees up 6–10 feet from the ground.
100 – 200 feet from your home:
Remove smaller conifers that are growing between taller trees.
Remove heavy accumulations of woody debris.
Reduce the density of tall trees so canopies do not touch.
The goal of Firewise landscaping is to lower the intensity of a wildfire as it approaches your home. Vegetation that encourages wildlife and enhances water or energy conservation goals can be part of a Firewise landscape as long as defensible space is maintained.