Defensible Space

As a community, it’s our individual responsibility to take practical and specific steps to protect your home from wildfires. Defensible space is the best way to do this. Defensible Space is the area around your home where the vegetation has been modified to reduce the fire threat.

The size of a home’s defensible space varies, depending upon property size, location and topography. Sometimes, a defensible space is simply a homeowner’s properly maintained backyard. Yet another property owner might need to provide over 200 feet of defensible space around their property.

To calculate an effective defensible space for your home, visit LivingWithFire.info and follow their helpful guide.

A properly designed defensible space can provide our firefighters with a safe place from which to defend your home from an approaching wildland fire. At the same time, homes with adequate defensible space are more likely to survive a wildland fire, even without firefighter assistance.

The Central Lyon County Fire District would encourage you to create a defensible space around your home. You can do this by implementing the three “R’s” into your landscaping design: removal, reduction and replacement.

  • Remove dead or flammable vegetation
  • Reduce vegetation by pruning or mowing and providing space between plants and trees
  • Replace the continuous fuel bed that might otherwise exist throughout your yard

If you have questions or would like clarification on any of this information, please do not hesitate to contact the Fire Prevention Division at 775-246-6209.

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