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Cal Fire inspecting for defensible space

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Inspectors from Cal Fire are conducting defensible space inspections in Placer, Nevada and Yuba counties in an effort to educate and advise homeowners on the best ways to create defensible space around their homes and structures. “We live in an area where the fire risk is very high and homeowners must take action,” said Cal Fire Nevada-Yuba-Placer Chief Brad Harris. “Creating and maintaining defensible space is critical for the protection of homes.” California Public Resources Code 4291 requires homeowners living in State Responsibility Area to maintain 100 feet of defensible space around structures. The Cal Fire inspectors will also evaluate properties to make sure they are in compliance with state law. Cal Fire offered these tips for surviving wildfires: Remove all flammable vegetation 30 feet from all structures. In an additional 70 feet, space trees and plants away from each other. Clear all needles and leaves from roofs, eaves and rain gutters. Trim branches six feet from the ground. Use trimming, mowing and power equipment before 10 a.m. and after 6 p.m. Landscape with fire resistant plants. Use fire ignition resistant building materials. - Staff report