Fire Hardening and Defensible Space, Assembly Bill 38 (AB-38) inTemecula, Murrieta, San Diego, Inland Empire & Surrounding Areas

Home Fire Hardening & Defensible Space Inspections (AB-38) in Temecula, Murrieta, San Diego, Inland Empire & surrounding areas


 Strengthening Homes and Defending Spaces: A Guide to Assembly Bill 38

Fire Hardening & Defensible Space (AB-38)


California and areas such as Temecula, Murrieta, Menifee, San Diego, Inland Empire and surrounding areas faces the perennial threat of wildfires, prompting legislative actions to safeguard communities. Assembly Bill 38 emphasizes the importance of home hardening and creating defensible spaces to enhance wildfire resilience. Here's a comprehensive guide to fortifying your home and surroundings.

Understanding Assembly Bill 38:

Assembly Bill 38 underscores the need for homeowners in high-risk wildfire areas to adopt proactive measures. The legislation emphasizes two crucial aspects: home hardening and defensible space creation.

Home Hardening:

  • Roofing and Exterior Structure: Opt for fire-resistant materials for roofs and exterior walls. Class A fire-rated roofing, tempered glass windows, and non-combustible siding are wise choices.
  • Vents and Eaves: Install ember-resistant vents and cover eaves with non-combustible materials to prevent embers from infiltrating your home.
  • Decks and Porches: Use ignition-resistant materials for decks and porches. Maintain a defensible space around these structures.

Defensible Space Creation:

  • Zone 1 - Immediate Defensible Space: Clear vegetation, leaves, and debris within a 5-foot radius of your home. Trim trees to maintain a 10-foot clearance from chimneys and stovepipes.
  • Zone 2 - Reduced Fuel Zone: Extend the defensible space to a 30-foot radius. Create spacing between trees, remove dead vegetation, and reduce the density of shrubs to minimize the risk of fire spreading.
  • Zone 3 - Gradual Transition Zone: Extend the defensible space to a 100-foot radius. Here, focus on maintaining a landscape that minimizes the potential for fire to reach your home. Trim and space out trees, and ensure proper clearance between vegetation.

Fire Hardening & Defensible Space

Fire Hardening & Defensible Space

Fire Hardening & Defensible Space

Additional Tips for Fire Hardening and Defensible Spaces:

  • Embrace Fire-Resistant Landscaping: Choose fire-resistant plants and create breaks in vegetation to impede the progress of wildfires.
  • Regular Maintenance: Regularly inspect and maintain your home's fire-resistant features. Keep the defensible space clear of debris to ensure its effectiveness.

By diligently implementing these strategies, you not only comply with Assembly Bill 38 but also significantly enhance your home's ability to withstand wildfires. Let's collectively contribute to building safer, more resilient communities in the face of California's wildfire challenges.

For all your Fire Hardening & Defensible Space Inspections (AB-38) inspections and consulting, contact Cannon Inspection Services as we service Temecula, Murrieta, San Diego, Inland Empire and surrounding areas. Cannon Home Inspections can also assist in consulting for residential & commercial needs regarding Fire Hardening and Defensible Space Inspections.


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