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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.


There is a strong possibility fire agencies will be out doing inspections on properties in your area

Things to help you prepare:

 For assistance, please call (858)974-5999

Click here for information about California Fire Prevention Fees



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