Defensible Space

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.


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2019 FIRE SEASON IS HERE


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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!