In Santa Clara County, you can look to the west or look to the east and you’ll see our wildland interface in our hills. According to the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (CDF), as many as 80% of the homes lost to wildfires in the past could have been saved if the owners had followed a few simple fire-safe practices, most of them mandated by local ordinances or building codes. Defend yourself from the next major fire that threatens our community by taking appropriate measures now.
Clear all flammable vegetation within 30 feet of the structure.
Cut small trees and brush to leave widely spaced, larger trees.
Maintain a well-pruned landscape.
Trim tree limbs within 10 feet of your chimney and dead limbs hanging over your house.
Treat wood shingle roofs with fire retardants on a regular basis.
If you build a new home or re-roof your present home, use fire-retardant roofing materials.
(Attribution: California Department of Forestry)
For More Information Please Contact:
Office of Emergency Services
55 W. Younger Avenue
San Jose, CA 95110