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March 3, 2014 (San Diego): The Fire Safe Council of San Diego County, in partnership with the Resource Conservation District of San Diego County, is offering a free Defensible Space Assistance Program (DSAP) for low income seniors or disabled residents.

Patricia Ann Costa of Jacumba participated in the DSAP program this week and had trees and vegetation on her property trimmed.  She said, “We just can’t thank you enough for this gift. It means more to us than I can tell you.”

Wildfire is an ever-present threat to San Diego County residents and due to the extreme drought conditions wildfire risk will be even greater this year.  We can’t stop fires from happening altogether, but we can reduce the damage to our families, homes, and communities through practices such as creating Defensible Space. Cleaning your property of debris and maintaining your landscaping are important first steps.

Through DSAP, qualifying participants in San Diego County can have 100’ of Defensible Space cleared from around their homes. This includes thinning and clearing of brush, tree trimming and thinning, raking of dead leaves and pine needles, and chipping of removed vegetation.  

The program flier and application are available at http://www.firesafesdcounty.org or by calling 619-562-0096. Photographs available upon request.


1. This program is offered by the Fire Safe Council of San Diego County in Partnership with the Resource Conservation District of Greater San Diego County. Funding provided by a grant from San Diego Gas & Electric and a National Fire Plan grant from the Cooperative Fire program of the U.S. Forest Service through the California Fire Safe Council. In accordance with Federal Law, this institution is prohibited from discrimination on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, age, or disability.

2. The Resource Conservation District (RCD) of Greater San Diego County aims to protect, conserve, and restore natural resources through education, information, and technical assistance programs. www.rcdsandiego.org

3. The mission of the Fire Safe Council of San Diego is to provide education, enhance information, and foster fire prevention and fire safety within the County of San Diego. www.firesafesdcounty.org

4. Contact: Ann Baldridge, Resource Conservation District of Greater San Diego County, on 619-562-0096 or email ann.baldridge@rcdsandiego.org.


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