El Dorado County Fire Safe Council

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Defensible Space Program Details

El Dorado County Fire Safe Council 2023 Defensible Space Assistance Program For Seniors, Veterans, Low Income and Disabled Residents.

This program is open year-round to new applications if funding is available. As long as the link is available, applications are being accepted.

The El Dorado County Fire Safe Council (EDCFSC) has been awarded funding to help create defensible space around the primary homes of seniors, veterans low income, and disabled residents on the western slope of El Dorado County. Applicants must be financially and 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 could 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. Applicants are entitled to one free service per annual year. Services provided are contingent upon the amount of funding we have received. It is not based off an hourly limit, but a financial limit that has been equally disbursed through the county per property address.

  • After an application is received, EDCFSC 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.

  • A licensed and insured land and tree service contractor will perform the work as determined by EDCFSC. The purpose of the work is to help create defensible space around the home. In some cases, not all work recommended will be completed. 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. They do not haul away excess vegetation. Bark beetle killed trees and/or other trees that are recommended for removal are the owner’s responsibility, or may be eligible for removal through our Hazardous Tree Removal Program. You can access the application HERE.

  • 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 30-75 feet immediately surrounding your residence; in some cases, this clearing will not meet PRC 4291 and Ordinance No. 5101 clearance requirements. It is still the resident’s or property owners’ responsibility to comply with fuel reduction requirements. Funding is limited, applications will be evaluated and serviced on a first received, first served basis and will only be serviced once a year.

To qualify, you must be one of the following:

Veteran (or Veteran’s
SeniorEDC Median Income
A copy of DD214, El Dorado County Veteran ID Card or Department of Identification Card
must be shown during the on-site defensible space evaluation.
Proof of age over 60 must be shown during the on-site defensible space evaluation.Eligibility is determined by the
2022 El Dorado County Area
Median Income chart (produced annually by the California Department of Housing and Community Development).
Disabled (Unsure what to put here for eligibility).