Defensible Space for Wildfire Protection

Defensible space is the area around a home or other structure that has been modified to reduce fire hazard. In this area, natural and manmade fuels are treated, cleared or reduced to slow the spread of wildfire. Creating defensible space also works in the reverse, and reduces the chance of a structure fire spreading to neighboring homes or the surrounding forest. Defensible space gives your home a fighting chance against an approaching wildfire. (Source: Colorado State Forest Service, Quick Guide FIRE 2012-1)
Defensible Space Diagram


Summit County provides resources to help residents create defensible space and pursue other wildfire-mitigation strategies:
  • The Summit County Chipping Program provides free chipping and slash removal for residents and property owners who create defensible space.
  • Summit County offers Wildfire Mitigation Grants to eligible homeowner groups who conduct hazardous fuels reduction and other projects to protect homes from wildfire.

Additional Information

For more information on defensible space, call the Summit County Wildfire Mitigation Specialist at 970-668-4139.
Colorado State University, U.S. Department of Agriculture and Summit County cooperating. Extension programs available to all without discrimination.