Defensible Space Work: Blufftop Trail


As mandated by the Orange County Fire Authority (OCFA), SAMLARC will be conducting clearing and replanting work along the Blufftop Trail. This work is required by OCFA in order to align SAMLARC’s landscaping with OCFA’s Defensible Space guidelines. According to the Fire Authority, the guidelines will reduce the risk of a wildfire spreading throughout a community. The guidelines include requirements for creating defensible space within one hundred (100) feet of a structure, such as:

  • Removal of Removal of dead and dying plant material, including dry leaves, twigs, and pine needles.

  • Removal of vegetation found on the OCFA Undesirable Plant List, and replanting using drought-tolerant, fire-resistant plants.

  • Trimming or removal of plants to create the recommended spacing between plants.

Defensible Space modification on the Blufftop Trail will be implemented in the areas owned and maintained by SAMLARC. Work will begin on Monday, September 31, 2019 and is anticipated to conclude by December 14, 2019, pending weather and/or unforeseen project delays. The regularly-scheduled work hours will take place Monday – Friday 7:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. Whenever possible, work will not be executed on weekends or holidays.