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

Figure 1. Vertical separation (V) should be maintained between plants and plant groups by removing all ladder fuels from this area and pruning lower branches on trees up to 10 feet from the ground. Horizontal separation (H) should be maintained by separating groups of plants or landscape beds by nonflammable areas (e.g., decorative gravel or stepping stones) and keeping plants at least 2 to 5 feet out from the home.

Credit: UF/IFAS 2006.