Fire Clearance and Defensible Space Clearance in SoCal


State laws mandate that a certain amount of defensible space clearance surround homes and structures. The number of feet varies by location, making it necessary to enlist the help of a specialist to develop a maintenance plan that is tailored to your space.


What is Defensible Space Clearance?


In January 2005, a law was passed in the state of California that requires all structures to have a minimum of 100 feet of defensible space surrounding them. This space provides safety for firefighters and protection for your home during a wildfire. The 100 feet is divided into two zones.


Zone 1:

  • All dead plants, weeds and grass should be removed.

  • Dead or dry leaves and pine needles should be removed from your yard, roof and rain gutters.

  • Tree branches should be trimmed, keeping them 10 feet away from chimneys and other trees.


Zone 2:

  • Grass should be trimmed to a maximum height of 4 inches.

  • Horizontal and vertical space should be maintained between plants.


Our Approach to Fire Clearance


At International Environmental Corporation, we specialize in creating clear space designed to slow a flame in the event of a wildfire. Contact us today to get assistance with establishing and maintaining the required clearance space around your home or structure.