Defensible Space: What does it Actually Mean?

Jun 18, 2019

What Does Defensible Space MeanWhen it comes to protecting you, your family and your home from wildfires, there are two key factors to consider: structural ignitability and defensible space. As the term suggests, structural ignitability involves the materials of the home and the probability of them igniting if they come in contact with a flame. You can take steps to reduce the structural ignitability of your home by choosing fire-resistant materials and avoiding wood. Defensible space, on the other hand, is the area around the home that has been modified to reduce the risk of fire and offers a fighting chance against an approaching wildfire.

Creating a successful defensible space around your property depends on a variety of factors, including the size and shape of each building, construction materials, the slope of the ground, surrounding topography, and the sizes and types of vegetation on your property. In states that are prone to wildfires, such as California, land clearing is a key component of keeping your property safe. In fact, California law actually requires that homeowners maintain a defensible space of at least 100 feet around their homes.

At Byers, we offer land clearing services that not only make your property enjoyable and usable but also help prevent fires and keep you safer in the event of an approaching wildfire. As part of our land clearing services for fire prevention, we handle the removal of:

  • Dead trees
  • Tree stumps
  • Large rocks
  • Overgrown bushes
  • Ladder fuels
  • And more

For additional information about the land clearing and wildfire prevention services we offer, contact Byers. Our experienced and skilled land clearing and fire prevention team has all the tools they need to complete your land clearing project quickly and efficiently.