Fire will always be a part of the Southern California landscape. Many residents have chosen to live in a wildfire zone near brush covered canyons and hillsides, which have historically burned long before homes were ever built there. The Fire Department reminds home owners that proper defensible clearance is a way to help manage the environment.
The greatest potential for surviving a wildfire is to create a defensible space around your home from which firefighters can safely operate in order to help protect a home during a wildfire. This space is wide enough to prevent direct flame impingement and reduce the amount of radiant heat reaching the structure.