Fire Defensible Space

Fire defensible space and fuel load reduction

Wildfire prevention in Northern California with LTC Construction

Primary threats during wildfires

A major hazard during wildfires, embers are airborne fragments of blazing wood and debris. Winds can carry them over a mile, causing spot fires and endangering buildings. By establishing fire defensible spaces around buildings in Northern California, homeowners can minimize fire risks through Home Ignition Zones (HIZ).

Fire defensible spaces

Under California law, homes must be surrounded by at least a hundred feet of fire defensible space, designed to slow spreading flames and reduce radiant heat through fuel load reduction. Promoted by emergency response groups like Cal Fire and FEMA, this triple-tier barrier is divided into Immediate, Intermediate and Extended zones.

Fuel load reduction

In the two outer Home Ignition Zones, landscaping is a crucial factor in wildfire prevention. High-risk areas like propane tanks require special attention, removing all vegetation from under and around them, while grass should be no taller than four inches. Well-designed driveways and patios can do double duty as firebreaks and ‘flame ladder’ plants must be cleared away from under trees, while lopping off branches up to ten feet from the ground for added fuel load reduction. Ten feet is also the minimum fire defensible space between foliage and structures; tree crowns must be at least eighteen feet apart, interspersed by only a few low clusters of shrubs, with  tighter spacing allowed in the outer zone. Saplings and dead plant matter need regular clearing, avoiding hazardous heaps of tinder-dry debris and litter.

Corporate office located at:
9340 Viking Pl
Roseville, CA 95747

Hours Mon - Fri 8 - 5