Many portions of the unincorporated areas of the County of San Diego
share expansive, rural settings of native plant life. Fire is an
important factor in maintaining the healthy status of these native
plant species. Since these areas are also highly desirable places in
which to live, maintaining a defensible fire space around structures
is essential, and required, for protection against fire. This
information will provide you with some helpful hints to assist you in
defending your property.
Following wildfire events—most notably the 2003 and 2007
firestorms—it was evident that insufficient "Defensible
Space" on many properties contributed to destroyed homes and
other structures. As a result, the County of San Diego has amended an
ordinance that requires residents to keep their property free of fire
hazards: including certain vegetation types, green waste and rubbish.
Residents can comply with this ordinance by creating a
"Defensible Space" around their homes and by taking other
preventative steps on their property.
Defensible space is an area either natural or man-made, where
material capable of allowing a fire to spread unchecked has been
treated, cleared, or modified to slow the rate and intensity of an
advancing wildfire and to create an area for fire suppression
operations to occur.
Some San Diego County residents may have received a courtesy letter
to inform and educate property owners within San Diego County of the
requirements for defensible space around their structures. This
letter is not a citation and is intended to be educational. In the
next few months your local fire agency may be inspecting properties
to ensure that the proper defensible space is in place. To view a
copy of this letter, please click below.
There is a strong possibility fire agencies will be out doing
inspections on properties in your area.
Resources to help you prepare:
Defensible Space Assistance Program
Diego: Wildland Fire
Frequently Asked Questions
of Landscape Mulches
Your Trees Survive the Drought
Defensible Space, and You
for Wildfire - Defensible Space
For assistance, please call (858)974-5999
Fire Prevention Fees
DEFENSIBLE SPACE IN DROUGHT CONDITIONS
Are you concerned about how the drought is affecting your defensible
space? Check out the Drought
and Defensible Space Flyer to get more information on vegetation
that you can plant around your home that is fire retardant and safe!