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Defendable-Space Landscapes can Help Protect Homes from Wildfire

July 14, 2017

Picture1Summer is here, and in Contra Costa County, we have a higher risk of wildfire too. Just recently in Brentwood, there were three wildfires which burned over 200 acres. Thankfully the fires were quickly and safely contained, with no injuries or major damages to buildings nearby. For anyone living in a wildfire-prone area, it is important to take preventive measures to help protect home and family.

One key way to do this is with defendable-space landscaping. Here are some defendable-space ideas to help you ensure your property is ready for wildfire season.

Create 2 zones of landscaping around your home. Zone 1 should extend 30 feet out from your house and be clear of dead plant debris. Trees should be kept trimmed, and rain gutters cleared out. Keep outdoor furniture and play structures well away from trees and shrubs. The more space between flammable plants and material items, the less likely a fire will be able to spread.

Zone 2 is the outer area of your yard and garden, 100 feet or beyond from your home or other building structures on your property. The key to this zone is to keep trees and bushes trimmed and provide ample space between. Wildfires need fuel to continue to spread. A neat and trim yard provides less natural debris which can serve as tinder.

pool_pictureIncluding paved or brick walkways or paths around your yard can also help create fire breaks, areas where fire can’t move across. Add in fire-resistant plants, and your landscaping can help keep fire from reaching your home. Another benefit to fire-resistant plants is how much they can help you conserve water, as they are hardier, and able to withstand drought conditions.

For more information, including videos, checklists and the Ready for Wildfire mobile app, check out the Prevent Wildfire CA website. This is an excellent resource with educational tips, news and solutions to help protect your family, home and community.

When you are ready to sell your home, contact my team and I; you can count on us to help with all your real estate needs. Our goal is to make your experience both easy and pleasurable. Contact us today at (925) 634-7820, or by email at

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