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CIR 1478: Fire in the Wildland-Urban Interface: Reducing Wildfire Risk While Achieving Other Landscaping Goals

Figure 2b. The area of defensible space was also expanded. Because the area shown in these photos is within 30 feet from the house, almost all of the saw palmettos were removed (a highly flammable plant). However, in other areas of the property outside the defensible space small patches of palmettos were retained for their wildlife and aesthetic value.