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Defensible Space Assistance Program

DSAFIE (Defensible Space Assistance for Income-Eligible) helps low-income seniors and persons with physical limitations 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 SIGN-UP BUTTON 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–but we will endeavor to answer all phone messages as soon as we can.

DSAFIE services may include:

  • Brush and tree trimming/thinning.
  • Cutting tall weeds.
  • 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 temporary or permanent physical limitations.
  • 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 an agreement giving permission for our crew to work on your property and acknowledging the limits of the service we can provide.

A copy of the work agreement is available HERE for a PDF or HERE for a Word Format.  We will need a signed copy before our crew can begin working on your defensible space.  You can sign and return it to us at or provide it to the crew when they arrive.

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

Note: The Mendocino County Fire Safe Council is not a legal affiliate of the County of Mendocino.