Cal Fire will start inspections next week for blaze defenses

Published: Thursday, Apr. 25, 2013 - 12:00 am | Page 2B
Last Modified: Thursday, Apr. 25, 2013 - 7:01 am

The California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection will begin defensible space inspections Monday in Amador County and on the western slope of El Dorado County.

"Hopefully people have been working on their defensible space this spring as it has been a relatively dry one," Kelly Keenan, chief of Cal Fire's Amador-El Dorado Unit, said in a written statement. "With the strong potential for drought this year, it is critical that everyone get to work today to give their home the best chance of surviving a wildfire."

In an area extending 30 feet from each structure on the property, or to the property line, whichever is closer, fire officials advise people to:

• Remove all dead and dying vegetation.

• Remove leaf litter from the roof and rain gutters.

• Relocate wood piles well away from the home.

• Trim trees so that they are at least 10 feet from the chimney and roof line.

• Remove "ladder fuels," low-level vegetation that could allow fire to spread from the ground to shrubs and bushes, and to tree canopies.

For more information, go to, or call (530) 644-2345 to request a free brochure.

Call The Bee's Cathy Locke, (916) 321-5287.

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