Defensible Space
OUR MISSION :  Protecting your home and property with defensible space and innovative ways and being able to do so without destroying your landscape is our top priority, as well as, educating you on living with wildfire in the wildland urban-interface areas.

OUR STORY:  Owned and operated by firefighters with over 15 years of combined experience in wildland fire and fuels reduction, we know what it takes to protect your home.

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Serving with AZ State Fire, US Forest Service Fire and BLM as engine crew and Hotshot crew members, we have the knowledge to be able to assess your home, recommend the proper treatments and make your property defensible space and greatly increase your homes survive-ability in the event of a wildfire.

We treat your home with the “fire” mentality…not a “landscaper” mentality, and still leave your home looking beautiful. We don’t destroy your landscape!!! We cut and thin what needs to be done to make your home stand a better chance in the event of a wildfire.

We have seen how fire can destroy a home yet leave the neighbors home untouched. So it’s important to know your property and your neighbors.

It’s also up to you to do something about it. Imagine being evacuated from your home and knowing that you haven’t done anything to prepare your home from wildfire…or help the firefighters to defend it. Or maybe that has already happened to you? We certainly don’t want this to happen to anyone!

Our goal is to spread the word about being Firewise and defensible space and saving your trees. Let us help you become more educated on living with wildfire.

We offer a wide range of services above and beyond defensible space. We are a firewise/defensible space company that specializes in creating defensible space around homes, businesses, communities, subdivisions, state land and national forest.We offer a wide range of services above and beyond defensible space. We are a firewise/defensible space company that specializes in creating defensible space around homes, businesses, communities, subdivisions, state land and national forest.

 

 

Defensible Space Zones

Two zones make up the required 100 feet of defensible space.
Defensible Space Zones

Zone 1
Zone 1 extends 30 feet* out from buildings, structures, decks, etc.

  • Remove all dead plants, grass and weeds (vegetation).
  • Remove dead or dry leaves and pine needles from your yard, roof and rain gutters.
  • Trim trees regularly to keep branches a minimum of 10 feet from other trees.
  • Remove branches that hang over your roof and keep dead branches 10 feet away from your chimney.
  • Relocate wood piles into Zone 2.
  • Remove or prune flammable plants and shrubs near windows.
  • Remove vegetation and items that could catch fire from around and under decks.
  • Create a separation between trees, shrubs and items that could catch fire, such as patio furniture, wood piles, swing sets, etc.

Zone 2
Zone 2 extends 100 feet out from buildings, structures, decks, etc.

  • Cut or mow annual grass down to a maximum height of 4 inches.
  • Create horizontal spacing between shrubs and trees. (See diagram)
  • Create vertical spacing between grass, shrubs and trees. (See diagram)
  • Remove fallen leaves, needles, twigs, bark, cones, and small branches. However, they may be permitted to a depth of 3 inches.

Plant and Tree Spacing
The spacing between grass, shrubs, and trees is crucial to reduce the spread of wildfires. The spacing needed is determined by the type and size of brush and trees, as well as the slope of the land. For example, a property on a steep slope with larger vegetation requires greater spacing between trees and shrubs than a level property that has small, sparse vegetation.

Vertical Spacing
Remove all tree branches at least 6 feet from the ground.

Allow extra vertical space between shrubs and trees. Lack of vertical space can allow a fire to move from the ground to the brush to the tree tops like a ladder.

To determine the proper vertical spacing between shrubs and the lowest branches of trees, use the formula below.

Minimum Vertical Clearance

Example: A five foot shrub is growing near a tree. 3×5 = 15 feet of clearance needed between the top of the shrub and the lowest tree branch.

Horizontal Spacing 
Horizontal spacing depends on the slope of the land and the height of the shrubs or trees. Check the chart below to determine spacing distance.

 

ISA Certified Arborists®

International Society of Arboriculture (ISA) Certified Arborists have the knowledge and confidence to better serve you and your tree care needs.

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