Junipers are coniferous plants in the genus Juniperus of the cypress family Cupressaceae. Junipers (Juniperus spp.) are one of the hardiest, most versatile and drought-tolerant shrubs. They are also one of the most fire prone species, and are sometimes referred to as a "gasoline bush" by firefighters. They are conifers with prickly young foliage that becomes flatter and softer with age. All junipers should be removed within 30 ' of structures or 10' of roads and driveways according to the fire code adopted by Marin fire agencies. Additional clearance may be required depending on the site and local conditions.
FIRESafe MARIN recommends that junipers be removed within 30' or structures and 10' of roadways and driveways. Period.
Any junipers remaining in the defensible space zone (from 30' to 100') must be maintained completely free of dead needles and twiggy material, should be irrigated every 2 weeks, and should be thinned and separated into individual bushes.