How to Landscape for Fire Safety in Butte County

Learn from the experts! Local landscape architecture and planning firm Melton Design Group shares their tips for landscaping in a way that protects your property as best as possible from wildfire! California plants have always been prone to fire, but many have evolved over time to survive the consistent yearly fire cycles. You can properly […]

Defensible Space Spotlight: Non-combustible Fencing

When Robert Frost wrote a poem about a guy saying, “Good fences make good neighbors,” that guy probably never had wildfire for a neighbor. Fire gets past fences. And if you have a standard wood fence, spreading fire can turn that fence into a fuse for igniting your home.  In places like Butte County, you […]

Defensible Space Spotlight: What to Put in Those First Five Feet

Being told what you should and shouldn’t do on your own property is a pain. We get it. One of the more puzzling things for a lot of people who live in places like Butte County, where defensible space is required to discourage the spread of wildfire, is being told to maintain an empty, 5-foot, […]

Creating a Plan for Your Defensible Space

Before you create a plan for your defensible space, let’s do a brief review of exactly what defensible space is.  The defensible space concept Defensible space refers to portions of your property laid out and landscaped to discourage fire from progressing toward your home. It includes everything from within 5 feet of empty, non-combustible space […]