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El Dorado County

Vegetation Management Program

Defensible Space Self-Certification Form

 

El Dorado County Ordinance 5101 Chapter 8.09 sets forth defensible space requirements in the unincorporated County area. Improved parcels and designated unimproved parcels are required to perform fire hazard reduction and defensible space clearance of at least 100 feet from habitable structures. Non-compliance may result in fines and/or forced abatement.

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Participation in the El Dorado County Defensible Space Self-Certification Program is voluntary. Individuals completing this form confirm that the fuel-reduction obligations required by the El Dorado County Ordinance 5101, Chapter 8.09 have been fulfilled.

All properties that participate in the El Dorado County Defensible Space Self-Certification Program are subject to a verification inspection.

Thank you for your efforts to keep your property, community, and El Dorado County fire safe. 

 

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Checklist

This form to be used when your property is in compliance with all requirements.  Form is not complete until boxes in every section have been checked off. 

When finished, scroll all the way to the bottom to sign and submit. 

 

Zone 1 (Within 30 feet of all habitable structures)

  • Remove all branches within 10 feet of any chimney or stovepipe outlet, pursuant to PRC 4291(a)(4) and 14 CCR 1299.03(a)(2).
  • Remove leaves, needles or other vegetation on roofs, gutters, decks, porches, stairways, etc. pursuant to PRC 4291 (a)(6) and 14 CCR 1299.03(a)(1)
  • Remove all dead and dying trees, branches and shrubs, or other plants adjacent to or overhanging buildings, pursuant to PRC 4291 (a)(5) and 14 CCR 1299.03(a)(2)
  • Remove all dead and dying grass, plants, shrubs, trees, branches, leaves, weeds and needles, pursuant to 14 CCR 1299.03(a)(1)
  • Remove or separate live flammable ground cover and shrubs, pursuant to PRC 4291(a)(1) and BOF General Guidelines item 1
  • Remove flammable vegetation and items that could catch fire which are adjacent to, or below, combustible decks, balconies, and stairs, pursuant to 14 CCR 1299.03(a)(4)
  • Relocate exposed wood piles outside of Zone 1 unless completely covered in a fire-resistant material, pursuant to 14 CCR 1299.03(a)(3).

Zone 1

Zone 2 (Within 30-100 feet of all habitable structures)

  • Cut annual grasses and forbs down to a maximum height of 4 inches, pursuant to 14 CCR 1299.03(b)(2)(B)
  • Remove fuels in accordance with the Fuel Separation or Continuous Tree Canopy guidelines (see below) pursuant to BOF General Guidelines item 4
  • All exposed woodpiles must have a minimum of 10 feet clearance, down to bare mineral soil, in all directions, pursuant to 14 CCR 1299.03(b)(2)(C)
  • Dead and dying woody surface fuels and aerial fuels shall be removed. Loose surface litter, normally consisting of fallen leaves or needles, twigs, bark, cones, and small branches, shall be permitted to a maximum depth of 3 inches, pursuant to 14 CCR 1299.03(b)(2)(A)

Zone 2

Defensible and Reduced Fuel Zone (Within 100 feet of all habitable structures)

  • Logs or stumps embedded in the soil must be removed or isolated from other vegetation, pursuant to BOF General Guidelines item 3

Defensible and Reduced Fuel Zone

Other Requirements:

  • Outbuildings and Liquid Propane Gas (LPG) storage tanks shall have 10 feet of clearance to bare mineral soil and no flammable vegetation for an additional 10 feet around their exterior, pursuant to 14 CCR 1299.03(c)(1)
  • Address numbers shall be displayed in contrasting colors (4" min. size) and readable from the street or access road, pursuant to 2016 CFC 505.1
  • Equip chimney or stovepipe openings with a metal screen having openings between 3/8 inch and 1/2 inch, pursuant to 2016 CBC 2113.9.2

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