What is Defensible Space and why is it important?
Creating defensible space is essential to improve your home’s chance of surviving a wildfire. It’s the buffer you create between a building on your property and the grass, trees, shrubs, or any wildland area that surround it. This space is needed to slow or stop the spread of wildfire and it protects your home from catching fire—either from direct flame contact or radiant heat.. Defensible space is also important for the protection of the firefighters defending your home. Learn more about Hazardous Fuel Reduction (HFR)

SCCFSC offers a 20 to 30 minute defensible space presentation geared for residents learning the requirements for the first time. This presentation is also appropriate for HOAs and road maintenance meetings.

Defensible Space Presentation Request Form

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SCCFSC offers home ignition zone inspections (HIZ) for individual homeowners. A trained representative from the Santa Clara County FireSafe Council will come to your home and walk your property with you for 60 minutes. We will review defensible space and home hardening principles and make recommendations for your property. You will receive a written copy of our recommendations.

Home Ignition Zone Inspection Request Form

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Each spring, SCCFSC offers chipping services to residents who have created defensible space on their property.