Defensible Space Inspections Begin In Mono County

Defensible Space Inspections Begin
In Mono County

Mono County – CAL FIRE inspectors have begun conducting Defensible Space inspections throughout the 31 million acres of State Responsibility Area (SRA) in California. The defensible space inspections will begin on August 8 – 15, 2014, in State Responsibility
Areas in Mono County. Cal Fire is working with your local fire department during the inspection process. Creating defensible space is essential to improve your home’s chance of surviving a
wildfire.

California Public Resources Code 4291 requires homeowners living in State Responsibility Areas to maintain 100 feet of Defensible Space around structures. CAL FIRE inspectors will be
educating residents and evaluating properties to make sure they are in compliance with state law.

Defensible space inspections are supported by the SRA Fire Prevention Fee, which is an annual fee assessed to rural residents for fire prevention activities in the SRA. The Fire Prevention Fee
resulted from a law signed by Governor Brown in 2011 which imposed a fee to residents owning habitable structures in the SRA.

Here are some tips that can help homes survive wildfires:
– Maintain 100 feet of Defensible Space around all structures.
– Clear all needles and leaves from roofs, eaves and rain gutters.
– Trim branches six feet from the ground.
– Use trimming, mowing and power equipment before 10 a.m.
– Landscape with fire resistant and drought tolerant plants that require little water.
– Remove branches away from roofs and 10 feet from the chimney.
– Keep wood piles and flammable materials at least 30 feet from the home.
– Use fire ignition resistant building material.