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Does Defensible Space require a lot of bare ground around a house?

No. Bare ground does not always provide effective defensible space. In a wind-driven ember fire, a home surrounded by bare dirt can still burst into flames. In the July 2006 Sawtooth fire north of Palm Springs, homes with more than 100ft of bare dirt clearance burst into flames. When done well, ‘cleared’ defensible space should still include plants and trees with some separation of bare ground.

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