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PRESS RELEASE / ANNOUNCEMENTS Monday, May 4, 2015

Defensible Space Inspections

SANTA BARBARA, Ca. May 4, 2015 –A minimum of 100 feet of defensible space is required around your home in Santa Barbara County. Beginning June 1, the Santa Barbara County Fire Department will be conducting defensible space inspections. Engine companies will perform inspections and provide homeowners with an inspection form and educational material on how to comply. With the year-round threat of wildfire, the defensible space requirement is enforced at all times in Santa Barbara County. Non-compliant homeowners are subject to be cited.
The Santa Barbara County Fire Department reminds people that defensible space is the area around a structure free of flammable plants and objects that creates a zone in which firefighters can operate safely in order to help protect a home during a wildfire. This space is wide enough to prevent direct flame impingement and reduce the amount of radiant heat reaching the structure. The defensible space for each structure varies and depends on the type of vegetation and topography. Maintaining this defensible space is critical. The Ready! Set! Go! Program was launched in May 2009 as a new approach to educating Southern California residents about the now year-round threat of wildfire. This public education program seeks to gain active public involvement in reducing life and property loss caused by wildfires. This program is presented in three steps: Ready! Prepare yourself, your family and your property. Set! Monitor fire weather / activity and prepare to evacuate. Go! Leave early when directed to by public safety officials.
To learn more about Ready! Set! Go! Please visit www.sbcfire.com .
The defensible space around your home and the maintenance of the defensible space is critical in stopping a wildfire before it destroys your home. “Defensible space is part of every homeowner’s responsibility.”
4410 Cathedral Oaks Road, Santa Barbara, CA 93110
ERIC L. PETERSON
FIRE CHIEF

Contact

Captain Dave Zaniboni
Information Officer
Office 805- 681-5531
Cell 805-689-0599
News Line 805-681-5546
Email david.zaniboni@sbcfire.com
Twitter @SBCFireInfo

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