100 Feet of Defensible Space is the Law

In January 2005 a new state law became effective that extended the defensible space clearance around homes and structures from 30 feet to 100 feet. Proper clearance to 100 feet dramatically increases the chance of your house surviving a wildfire. This defensible space also provides for firefighter safety when protecting homes during a wildland fire.


Learn How You Can Create Defensible Space Around Your Home

*Notice: It is important to check with your local fire jurisdiction to determine the law in your area.


Defensible Space Movies and Song

  • CAL FIRE Inspects for Defensible Space - CAL FIRE TV takes a look at the steps homeowners should take to increase the chance of their home surviving a wildfire. CAL FIRE Inspectors and Firefighters make sure homeowners have good Defensible Space around their homes.
    Published: April 22, 2009


  • Why 100 Feet (1.9 MB Flash movie)
  • 100' Defensible Space (1.4 MB Flash movie)
  • Defensible Space Zone Song (600K MP3)
    (Song provided by CAL FIRE, courtesy of Mark Crisp ©)


Defensible Space Billboards

As part of its ongoing Defensible Space Campaign, CAL FIRE now has billboard space in Southern California (Inland Empire) courtesy of Lamar Advertising. The company donated the space and will move the boards to various sites depending upon demand by paying customers. This will get the Why 100 feet? campaign out to those stuck in traffic.

I-60 at Valley

I-10 at Riverside


I-10 at Riverside
I-60 at Valley

Contact your nearest CAL FIRE Facility for more information.


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