Wildfires are becoming a prevalent danger to the United States resulting in millions of dollars from damages, ruining people’s lives and at times resulting in loss of life. Making necessary provisions before being faced with a disaster is one way to aid in keeping these fires under control and slowing their rate of spreading when and if one does begin to burn.
A common and necessary component used in this fight is ensuring an appropriate defensible space around a residence or structure in a fire prone area. By understanding the benefits of creating a space, which is now legally required in certain areas, home and landowners can do their part to rest easy knowing their possessions are compliant. While no one can predict when and where a fire will burn or the resulting path, these steps provide a good plan of action in anticipation of a potential disaster.
Defensible space is the area surrounding a home or business that has been adjusted to reduce the risk of fire hazard. While nothing is 100-percent effective in preventing damage with an unpredictable fire, this is one way to protect your home from wildfire.
When purchasing a new property, moving or making modifications to existing structures, the resulting impacts and potential fire hazards should be considered. Regardless of if you live in an area prone to forest fire or not, knowing you can reduce the risk surrounding a possession while adding some protection is important. For these reasons, some places like Jefferson County, Colorado have required a defensible space inspection and permit to be issued in each of the following circumstances.
Building a New Dwelling
Before construction or any new development, a defensible space permit is now required. This way, any tree removal or other potential hazards can be cleared prior to building.
Replacing an Existing Dwelling
Even an existing structure potentially “grandfathered in” without a required inspection will be subject to a permit prior to replacement.
Making An Addition of 400 Square Feet or More
The third and final issuance of a permit following a certified inspection requires additions to existing structures. Whether initially certified or not, any modifications or expansions larger than 400 square feet require a new inspection.
If you’re in need of a defensible space inspection or just want to ensure you’ve done everything possible to protect those you love, possessions, and the environment – let the certified and Jefferson County approved inspector or any other professional at Splintered Forest help. They can assist with any and all of your tree trimming and debris removal needs, including items other than foliage if the situation warrants. Hauling and removal of both limbs and appliances, in addition to skid steer services are all offered by the trained professionals willing and ready to assist you.
The experts at Splintered Forest will be happy to provide you a free estimate for their services and can aid in a variety of ways. With offices in Denver and Evergreen, contact us today for any and all of your tree care needs.