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Defensible Space and Fire Safe Home

  • Defensible Space
    • Defensible space is the area surrounding a structure where plants and other landscape elements are maintained to decrease fire hazard, and allow firefighters to make a stand; addressing embers and spot fires before they grow.
  • 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.
  • Fire Resilient Homes
    • Hardening a home to withstand wildland fire exposure does not have to be costly, but it does require an understanding of the exposures your home will experience when threatened by a wildfire.
  • Living with Wildfire in Mendocino County
    • How to protect yourself, your property, and natural resources: the basics of living in a fire prone landscape.
  • Road Signs and Address number kits
    • 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
    • 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 Supplies pamphlet 2011
  • Large Animal Rescue (LAR)
    • As guardians of large animals, be proactive in their safety and handling during an emergency.

Community Protection

  • Mendocino County Community Wildfire Protection Plan (2005)
    • 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.