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I live on the canyon rim and need to get brush behind my yard trimmed to obtain defensible space.  Can I trim it myself?  

Frequently Asked Questions! 

Can't find the answer? Call (619) 685-1350.
My neighbor's yard is not fire safe and is within my defensible space.  Is there anything I can do? 

Note: you cannot file a complaint anonymously and no one can file the complaint for you.  Please note that complainant information is kept confidential; however, in rare instances, the City may be required to reveal this information in a judicial proceeding. 

Coming soon: Products you can apply to reduce your risk. 

PREPARING FOR WILDFIRES;  Excellent resources from the Fire Safe Council of San Diego County.  

This page contains a number of resources to help you prepare your family and your home for the risk of wildfire. Here you will find valuable information about what to do before, during, and after a wildfire emergency.


Firewise Communities: a program of the National Fire Protection Association, and a key component of Fire Adapted Communities, Firewise offers information and free resources to help communities protect homes and lives against the risks of wildfire.

Homeowner’s Wildfire Mitigation Guide: Embers are a major reason homes ignite during a wildfire. This resource provides guidance on changes you can make to harden your home to improve its chances of surviving a wildfire.

Insurance Institute for Business and Home Safety (IBHS): The IBHS website features a number of resources pertaining to wildfire, including research, tips for preparing your home, checklists, and videos.

Ready for Wildfire: learn simple steps you can take to increase your home’s chance of surviving a wildfire by maintaining defensible space plus and structural hardening, plus many other resources to help prepare and protect your family and home.

Ready San Diego: Resources to help you plan your response in the event of wildland fire, as well as ways to prepare yourself and your home before wildfire strikes. Don’t forget to download the San Diego County Emergency Smart Phone App to use on the go.

San Diego Fire-Rescue Department: information about brush management and weed abatement requirements, guidance, and policies for City of San Diego residents.

San Diego County Fire Authority: information and guidance on brush management requirements for San Diego County residents.



CAL FIRE – San Diego Unit Stations: click on View Stations to see a list of stations in the Southern Region service area with contact info for each station.

San Diego Fire-Rescue: a list of fire stations within the City of San Diego.

San Diego County Fire Authority – Fire Protection Services Map: shows fire stations across the county and the agency providing fire protection services for each part of the county.


2-1-1 San Diego: A free, 24 hour, confidential phone service and searchable online database. In addition to information on everything from housing, health, veteran services, and much more, they provide vital information about disaster preparedness and response. You can even call for status updates on wildfires.

CAL FIRE Incident Information: Get up to the minute information about all active wildfires in California.

Red Guide to Recovery: preparedness and recovery tips for disasters including wildfire and flooding are available online and in the printed document, both available here.

San Diego County Emergency: Up to the minute information about current emergencies. Don’t forget to download the San Diego County Emergency Smart Phone App to use on the go.


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