Santa Barbara County Fire Department is conducting defensible space inspections to assure that homes within their protection area have a minimum of 100 feet of cleared area around them.
Engine companies will perform inspections and provide homeowners with educational materials on how to comply with the county law, a Fire Department spokesman said.
“With the year-round threat of wildfire, the defensible space requirement is enforced at all times in Santa Barbara County,” the spokesman said. “Noncompliant homeowners are subject to be cited.”
Defensible space is an area around a structure that’s free of flammable plants and objects, creating a zone in which firefighters can operate safely to help protect a home during a wildfire.
The space must be wide enough to prevent flames from directly impinging on the structure and to reduce the amount of radiant heat reaching the it.
Although the defensible space for each structure varies and depends on the type of vegetation and topography, 100 feet is considered optimal in most cases.