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100 Feet of Defensible Space is the Law
Download these important Cal Fire guidelines:
As of 2006, California state law requires property owners to create 100 feet of defensible space from structures. Read the new 2006 guidelines Defensible Space: Compliance with 100-foot Requirements to evaluate what you need to do on your property in advance of the annual inspection.
The CAL FIRE fire prevention officers conduct an Annual Fire Hazard Clearance Inspection in Yosemite West. The purpose of the inspection is to assess property owners compliance with clearance of flammable vegetation from structures and LPG tanks, existence of spark arresters, condition of electrical wiring and lights, storage of combustible materials and other risks.
The fire prevention team completes a written checklist for residents noting any conditions that require the property owners attention. At the Memorial Day 2005 community picnic, a fire prevention officer announced to Yosemite West residents that they would be issuing citations, and that anyone cited would have to go to Fresno and appear in front of the magistrate there. Please direct all inquiries about compliance to Dan Tune, tel (559) 877-2218, email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Annual Fire Hazard Clearance Deadline is posted on the USFS signboard on Henness Ridge Road along the entrance to Yosemite West (between Wawona Road and the mailboxes). The annual deadline is around July 4th.
|incense cedar||leaves in whorls of 4||1 inch long;
|cut less than 6 inch diameter at breast height|
|white fir||2 inches long;
curved upward in "U"
|4 inches long;
|cut less than 6 inch diameter at breast height|
|Western white pine||4 inches long;
bundles of 5
|9 inches long;
|do not cut when choice exists|
|manzanita||n/a||n/a||cut one third down to the ground each year|
Inspect the mature trees on your property for disease, and respond accordingly when disease is present.
Request a complimentary Fire Education Packet from Yosemite West Property & Homeowners, Inc. by sending an email to email@example.com. The packet contains these materials:
Read Firescaping (Wilderness Press, 1st edition May 2005) by Douglas Kent, a 149-page book that explains "creating fire-resistant landscapes, gardens, and properties in California's diverse environments". This highly recommended book sells for $18.95, but has been made available to Yosemite West Property & Homeowners, Inc. at a 50% discount by the Mariposa County Fire Safe Council. To purchase the book, mail a check made payable to YWPHI in the amount of $13.45 ($9.50 for the book plus $3.95 shipping/handling) to 7585 Henness Ridge Road, Yosemite, CA 95389-9108. If you are in Yosemite West and would like to pick up the book, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
CAL FIRE publishes an extensive list of precautions that homeowners can take.
Home and Fire magazine is a quarterly magazine with the objective of making property owners more wildfire aware and better prepared with home fire safety procedures, fire safety design protection, industries forest fires fighting equipment, frequently asked questions, information about home fire safety insurance, fire sprinkler for homes and fire safety procedures. Visit the Home and Fire website to subscribe to the magazine or read excerpts from recent issues.
Please inform yourself and your guests about the risks that fire pose to the community and offer them guidelines for fire safety during their stay.
NPS recommends that property owners visit the Firewise Landscaping website for tips about what you can do to minimize surface and ladder fuels on your property.
Call (888) 440-BURN [(888) 440-2876] or (209) 966-1200 for recorded information that answers the following questions. Information is updated daily.
Download the Debris Burning safety flyer from Cal Fire.
For additional information, read:
A free burning permit is required at all times to burn anything on your property. Call CDF at (209) 966-3622 for the location of the nearest office to get your permit. The nearest CDF fire station is on Hwy. 49 between Oakhurst and Mariposa.
The CAL FIRE provides useful tips for burning debris piles and for burning trash in a safe incinerator.
Please email the Chair of the YWPHI Fire Safety Committee to express your interest in volunteering to help build a Fire Safe community. There is an on-going need for volunteers for the YWPHI Fire Safety Committee.
We are also looking for volunteers who would be willing to train and become part of a future Yosemite West Volunteer Fire Department. Previous efforts by YWPHI to establish a volunteer fire department were abandoned in 2001 due to lack of volunteers. Read more about what is required to develop a volunteer fire department for our community.Back to << Fire Safety in Yosemite West
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