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2022 Defensible Space Assistance Program

DSAFIE (Defensible Space Assistance for Income-Eligible) helps low-income seniors and persons with physical disabilities adhere to defensible space regulations, which are designed to protect homes and lives in wildfire-prone areas. If you are physically and financially unable to maintain the state-mandated 100’ of defensible space around your home, the DSAFIE program may provide FREE help.  PLEASE USE THE APPLICATION ABOVE TO ENROLL, OR CALL OUR OFFICE AT 707-462-3662.  Due to limited staffing, it may take a couple of weeks to receive confirmation of your application.


DSAFIE services may include:

  • Brush and tree trimming/thinning.
  • Roof and gutter cleaning.
  • Raking of dead leaves and pine needles.
  • Chipping of removed vegetation. (Unless agreed on prior to the work chips are usually left onsite.)
  • Work performed by insured contractors.


  • You must be 65 years or older or must be unable to complete this work due to physical disabilty.
  • You must be Financially unable to hire a contractor.
  • You must be the legal owner of the property to be cleared, or be the party legally responsible for landscape maintenance.
  • You will need to sign a Landowner Access Agreement giving permission for our crew to enter and work on your property.
  • One- Person household income: less than 39,150 (annually).
  • Two- Person household income: less than 59,128 (annually).
  • Three- Person household income: less than 88,692 (annually).
  • Four- Person household income: less than 118,256 ( annually).

This service is supported by the County of Mendocino, through an allocation of PG&E disaster-relief settlement funds.