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Prescribed Fire: Prescribed fire is a carefully planned and controlled fire conducted to manage fuels and forest health in timber, brush and oak woodland vegetation types. It is conducted only under safety standards that define rigid windows of opportunity where weather conditions are appropriate and firefighting resources are readily available.

Fuel Break: Fuel breaks are wide strips of land on which trees and vegetation has been permanently reduced or removed. These areas can slow, and even stop, the spread of a wildland fire because they provide fewer fuels to carry the flames. They also provide firefighters with safe zones to take a stand against a wildfire, or retreat from flames if the need arises.

Defensible Space Around Homes: Defensible space is the area within the perimeter of a parcel, development, neighborhood or community where basic wildland fire protection practices and measures are implemented, providing the key point of defense from an approaching wildfire or defense against encroaching wildfires or escaping structure fires. The perimeter is defined as the area encompassing the parcel or parcels proposed for construction and/or development, excluding the physical structure itself. The establishment and maintenance of emergency vehicle access, emergency water reserves, street names, building identification, and fuel modification measures characterize the area.

Forest Management: The stewardship and use of forests and forestlands in a way, and at a rate, that maintains their biodiversity, productivity, regeneration capacity, vitality, and potential to fulfill, now and in the future, relevant ecological, economic, and social functions at local, national, and global levels, and that does not cause damage to other ecosystems

Mechanical Means: The use of hand-tools or equipment mounted on a tracked or wheeled vehicle to prune, cut, masticate, chip, crush or otherwise remove the vegetation or to modify it¼s spatial arrangement and significantly lowering its hazardous nature.

Fire Safe Landscaping: A fire safe landscape uses fire resistant plants that are strategically planted (vertical and horizontal spacing) to resist the spread of fire to your home.

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