Defensible Space


The home, and its immediate surroundings, are frequently referred to as the Home Ignition Zone.1

To prepare your home for the possibility of wildfire, it is critical that you create Defensible Space within the Home Ignition Zone. According to the Colorado State Forest Service, Defensible Space is “the natural and landscaped area around a home or other structure that has been modified to reduce fire hazard. Defensible space gives your home a fighting chance against an approaching wildfire.”2

The West Region Wildfire Council, along with partners from the Colorado State Forest Service, will help you identify and prioritize work to create or enhance defensible space around your home or structures on your property. Consider contacting us to schedule a Site Visit.  


Literature Cited:

1. Cohen, Jack D. USDA Forest Service. “What is the Wildland Fire Threat to Homes?” Presented as the Thompson Memorial Lecture, School of Forestry, Northern Arizona University (2000).

2. Colorado Statue Forest Service. “Protecting Your Home from Wildfire: Creating Wildfire-Defensible Zones.” Quick Guide Series FIRE-2012-1.