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Take the time to clean up your property, especially close to structures. These steps are good preparation for the rainy season as well as peak fire season.

  • Clear leaf and needle litter from gutters, roof, eaves, and around vents, chimney, and the foundation (in “Zone Zero”)
  • Clear branches 10 feet from the chimney and from the roof
  • Rake-up excess fallen leaves and evergreen needles
  • Remove dead vegetation, dead wood from trees and shrubs, and cut dry grasses to less than 4 inches long
  • While looking around, check plants for drought stress – healthy plants are more resilient

For more Fire-smart Landscaping information, visit:

Contact: Marin Master Gardeners at

Fire Safe Marin

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