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Prepare for Peak Fire Season

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:      http://marinmg.ucanr.edu/BASICS/FIRESMARTLANDSCAPING/

Contact: Marin Master Gardeners at HelpDesk@marinmg.org