Large trees do not have to be cut and
removed as long as all of the plants
beneath them are removed. This
eliminates a vertical "fire ladder."
When clearing vegetation, use care when
operating equipment such as lawnmowers.
One small spark may start a fire; a string
trimmer is much safer.
Remove all build - up of needles and
leaves from your roof and gutters. Keep
tree limbs trimmed at least 10 feet from
any chimneys and remove dead limbs
that hang over your home or garage. The
law also requires a screen over your chimney
outlet of not more than 1/2 inch mesh.
1. These regulations affect most of the grass, brush, and
timber-covered private lands in the State. Some fire department jurisdictions
may have additional requirements. Some
activities may require permits for tree removal. Also, some
activities may require special procedures for, 1) threatened and
endangered species, 2) avoiding erosion, and 3) protection of
water quality. Check with local officials if in doubt. Current
regulations allow an insurance company to require additional
clearance. The area to be treated does not extend beyond your
property. The State Board of Forestry and Fire Protection has
approved Guidelines to assist you in complying with the new
law. Contact your local CAL FIRE office for more details.