Defensible Space & Firewise Planning

Defensible Space & Firewise Planning

We provide professional, accurate and long-term defensible space and firewise planning. Keep your property and landscape safe and in compliance with regulation, with a monthly subscription.

Since 1970, more than 10,000 homes and 20,000 other structures have been lost to severe wildland fires. A home or structure cannot always be saved by fire-fighting professionals.  Our Defensible Space and Firewise Planning program helps to prevent fire damage, before a fire happens.

General Fire Risks & Resiliency in Pacific Northwest Wildland Fires:

Wildfire Risk Considerations: 

• Forest competition and forest pathology

• Defensible space and proximity to trees

• External features of structures

• Drought tolerance of plants

• Plant physiology and other stresses

Wildfire Resiliency Opportunities: 

• Forest inventory & thinning practices

• Bark beetle treatments

• Structural improvements, both internal & external

Defensible space and planned landscapes

• Resilient, drought tolerant plants

• Irrigation plan & installations

We look at 3 things to mitigate wildfire danger:

Trees

Landscape

Structures

Ways we prepare your home to be Firewise

  • Clearing leaves and other debris from gutters, eaves, porches and decks. This prevents embers from igniting your home.
  • Removing dead vegetation and other items from under your deck or porch, and within 10 feet of the house.
  • Screening or boxing-in areas below patios and decks with wire mesh to prevent debris and combustible materials from accumulating.
  • Removing flammable materials (firewood stacks, propane tanks) within 30 feet of your home’s foundation and outbuildings, including garages and sheds.
  • Wildfire can spread to tree tops. We prune trees so the lowest branches are 6 to 10 feet from the ground.
  • Keeping your lawn hydrated and maintained. If it is brown, cut it down to reduce fire intensity. Dry grass and shrubs are fuel for wildfire.
  • Removing debris and lawn cuttings. Disposing of these items quickly reduces fuel for fire.
  • Inspecting shingles or roof tiles. Replacing or repairing those that are loose or missing to prevent ember penetration.
  • Covering exterior attic vents with metal wire mesh no larger than 1/8 inch to prevent sparks from entering the home.
  • Enclosing under-eave and soffit vents or screens with metal mesh to prevent ember entry.

We do professional Defensible Space and Firewise Planning through Clallam, Jefferson, Kitsap, Mason, Island and Thurston counties year-round.

Call today, or fill out the form below to start your project

360-504-3825