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How big is an effective defensible space?

California state law requires 100 feet of clearance around a home. In Lake Wildwood, we often have other homes much closer to ours than 100 feet. While we are protecting our own home, we are often protecting another, and their efforts protect ours. In many cases, we also might have a common area within our 100 feet, or our lot may border a property outside of Lake Wildwood. Newer protocols for establishing defensible space suggest that there are three zones. The first is 0-5’ from your home (decks and attached structures are the inner perimeters of this space). Then, there is the 5-30 ‘space, then the 100’. Slopes within these spaces can affect how mitigation is accomplished. 

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