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Wildfire is a critical part of California’s ecosystem, both as a result of natural phenomena, such as climate, vegetation, and lightning, and as a result of human activities. Every year these factors combine into a set of potential burning conditions that raise the question not of whether it will burn but of when it will burn.
Because of population growth in forested areas, wildfire is not an acceptable way to manage the ecosystem. We can’t control the climate or lightning, but we can control the vegetation and human activities.
Flammable vegetation should be removed within 30 feet of a structure and should be reduced to 4 inches in height after the first 30 feet.
Flammable vegetation includes, but is not limited to:
- Everything that is dead, including pine needles, tree limbs, bushes, trees
- Mountain misery (also known as bear mat or bear clover) which has flammable resinous leaves
- Manzanita, which contains a high percentage of volatile compounds that can burn like a torch
Flammable vegetation can be replaced with fire resistant plants. Check with your local nursery for help with plant selection.
Please remember that all plants will burn. To help you decide which plants are firesafe and which plants are highly flammable, please read CAL FIRE’s guidelines by clicking here.