Wildfire Defensible Space Assistance and Community Chipping Program

  • Defensible Space Assistance
  • Chipping Days
  • Workshops & Trainings

Community Wildfire Readiness Programs

Are you Eligible to Receive Free Defensible Space Assistance?

You may be eligible for the TCF's Defensible Space Assistance Program (Program) at no cost to you.

The Program is intended to help Tehama County citizens 65+ years of age as well as those who are physically unable to create the required defensible space surrounding their home.

Eligible properties must be located in Tehama County within the targeted State Responsibility Area (SRA) and Wild Urban Interface Zone (WUI) as noted in green on the Eligibilty Map below. Properties within the green areas have a Very High, High, or Medium Fire Hazard Class.

Printable application; print, fill out, and submit to the TCF at 2 Sutter St., Suite D, Red Bluff, CA 96080.

What is Defensible Space?

Defensible Space is a 100 foot buffer surrounding a home or other building that slows or stops the spread of wildfire. It helps protect your home and neighboring structures from direct flame contact or radiant heat ignition. It also improves protection for fire personnel defending your property.

What would you like to know more about wildfire readiness?

We are developing educational workshops connecting citizens with local fire specialist and want to make sure your questions are answered. Join the conversation and let us know what you'd like to know more about. Call the Tehama Conservation Fund at the RCDTC office at (530) 727-1280 or email tcf@tehamacountyrcd.org

Ready to Participate in your Community Chipping Day?

 You cut, you stack, we chip! A Do-It-Yourself, neighborhood approach for Tehama County residents to create Defensible Space. This service is limited to:

  • A single day of service per community
  • Communities of two or more residents within the same neighborhood 
  • Residents that have signed up in advance of the selected Community Chipping Day
  • Select woody vegetation within the first 100' of home to help create Defensible Space. See DIY Guide for acceptable materials

All participants are to refer to the DIY Guide: Community Chipping Day as well as the Endangered and Threatened Species List prior to your predetermined day of chipping.

Need more info? Please call the Tehama Conservation Fund at the RCDTC office at (530) 727-1280 or email tcf@tehamacountyrcd.org

Property owners within the State Responsibility Area (SRA) are required to create and maintain a 100 foot defensible space perimeter around buildings and structures. Check out the CAL FIRE Fire Hazard Severity Zone (FHSZ) Viewer map to see if your property is within an SRA.

You are responsible for ensuring that your property is in compliance with California’s building and fire codes

that call for homeowners to take proactive steps to protect their property from a wildfire.

For local building compliance contact:

Tehama County Planning Department: (530) 527-2200

City of Red Bluff: (530) 527-2605

City of Corning: (530) 824-7027

The California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection awarded $104,649 to the Tehama Conservation Fund for The Defensible Space Assistance and Community Chipping Program to help targeted landowners within Tehama County's SRAs create defensible space around their home and to provide wildfire awareness educational opportunities. Funding for this program was made available through the California Climate Investments (CCI), a statewide program that puts billions of Cap-And-Trade Dollars to work reducing GHG emissions, strengthening the economy, and improving public health and the environment-particularly in disadvantaged communities. For more CCI information visit:  www.caclimateinvestments.ca.gov

The TCF relies on grants and donations to bring these programs and more

to our community. Consider donating to local conservation!