Mendocino County
University of California
Mendocino County

Defensible Space and Fire Safe Home

Hard Facts About How Homes Burn

Here are some old reminders and new things we've learned most of them from "Assessing Wildfire Hazards in the Home Ignition Zone", a national-level course which teaches people how to determine their home's wildfire risk.

Living with Wildfire in Mendocino County

(9MB PDF) How to protect yourself, your property, and natural resources: the basics of living in a fire prone landscape.

House and Road Sign Info Sheet

Could firefighters or medics find you quickly in an emergency? Missing signs, or unreadable ones, can cost your life!

Home Landscaping for Fire

Incorporation fire safe concepts into residential landscaping is one of the most important steps to help your home survive a wildfire.

Weed Wise pamphlet

This brochure suggests native and non-native plants appropriate for three zones around a house......

Living with Fire in Santa Cruz County

(2.5 MB PDF) Complimentary information to "Living with Wildfire in Mendocino County."


Forestland Steward

A monthly statewide periodical on forest stewardship that addresses fire issues in the forest landscape, featuring Mendocino County.


Wildfire Risk Assessment

Checklist to determine your home’s risk of destruction by wildfire.

Safety Zone

Suggestions for creating a fire safety zone for use in a wildfire emergency.

Developing Water Supply

Rural water storage configuration and fittings that homeowners and fire departments use.
Note: For a 4-page color pamphlet on this subject, with photos an diagram, please contact the Fire Safe Council at 707-462-3662 or firesafe@pacific.net.

Developing Water Supplies pamphlet 2011

Large Animal Rescue (LAR)

As guardians of large animals, be proactive in their safety and handling during an emergency.



How to Protect Your Family From the Effects of Smoke.

Good air quality information.


Community Protection


Mendocino County Community Wildfire Protection Plan

The Mendocino County Community Wildfire Protection Plan developed in partnership with the Mendocino Fire Safe Council and CalFire to be proactive in community based efforts to address wildland fire safety.

Burn Permits

The addresses and phone numbers of local fire agencies authorized to grant burning permits. Basic rules and restriction are noted.

Next Steps

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