The El Dorado County Fire Safe Council (EDCFSC) was awarded funding to help create defensible around the homes of seniors, veterans or those with low income on the western slope of El Dorado County. Applicants must be challenged with limited resources and/or physically unable to develop defensible space around their home. Creating defensible space around their homes will improve the chance of the residence surviving a fire. Removing excess vegetation would improve fire suppression efforts and provide a safe area for firefighters to defend the home and/or respond to emergency calls on the property. Participation in this program is voluntary and at no cost to the applicant.
This program is made possible with funding provided by the organizations identified by their logos at the bottom of this page with special recognition to PG&E for a very generous contribution.
After an application is received an EDCFSC volunteer will conduct a defensible space evaluation. Following the evaluation, a determination will be made as to if the application will be accepted. If the application is accepted a contractor will be scheduled to do the recommended work. An EDCFSC volunteer will inspect the completed job to ensure that the work was completed as recommended.
A licensed and insured land and tree service contractor will perform the work designated on the EDCFSC defensible space Residential Clearance Evaluation Form as determined by the EDCFSC volunteer. The purpose of the work is to help create defensible space around the home. The contractor will rake pine needles/leaves, weed eat, remove brush and limb ladder fuel from trees around the home. They will NOT clean roofs or gutters. Bark beetle killed trees and/or other trees that are recommended for removal are the owner’s responsibility.
The State of California requires a clearance of 100 feet from a structure or to the property line (Public Resources Code 4291 and El Dorado County Ordinance No. 5101). This minimum is required to protect your home in the event of a wildland fire. In some cases, based on the fuel type, topography and weather conditions, 100 feet of clearance may not be sufficient to protect your home. The defensible space clearance provided by EDCFSC will focus on the 30 feet immediately surrounding your residence; in some cases this clearing will not meet the State clearance requirements. It is still the resident or property owners’ responsibility to comply with California regulations.