Defensible Space

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Many homes are saved as a result of the owner’s careful pruning and landscaping techniques that minimize ignition of vegetation and spread of fire to their homes.


The Redwood City and San Carlos hillsides, while beautiful, are an ideal environment for a devastating wildfires. With the onset of summer months comes the drying and curing of our lands. As temperatures peak, humidity drops and the summer winds blow, the potential for wildfires increase. Despite the efforts of the fire services, many homes are lost each year due to wildfires. It is important to understand how to protect your home.

Defensible space is essential to improve your home’s chance of surviving a wildfire. It’s the buffer you create between a building on your property and the grass, trees, shrubs, or any wildland area that surround it. This space is needed to slow or stop the spread of wildfire and it protects your home from catching fire either from direct flame contact or radiant heat. Defensible space is also important for the protection of the firefighters defending your home.

Learn more about the importance of defensible space here.


Other Resources

Living with Fire in San Mateo County

Wildland-Urban Interface (WUI) Checklist - San Carlos

Homeowners Checklist (CalFire)

Wildfire Home Risk Assessment Form

Structure Self-Assessment Form