Defensible Space Assistance Program

The Defensible Space Assistance Program (DSAP) is designed to assist homeowners that need to create defensible space, and are not able to do so because of physical, economic or other barriers. It is imperative that all homeowners maintain at least 100 feet of defensible space around their homes to aid in protecting themselves and their communities from the devastation of wildfire. 

The population targeted for the DSAP program is those who are not able to do this work for themselves because of physical, economic, or other barriers. For example, low-income homeowners and physically disabled or elderly individuals who are unable to pay a contractor. The property owner must be the individual to apply for the DSAP Program. Each application will be carefully considered.

DSAP Services Provided:
  • Brush and tree trimming/thinning.
  • Dead tree removal, if funding permits and is applicable. 
  • Raking of dead leaves and pine needles.
  • Chipping of removed vegetation. Chips are left onsite.
  • On-site education about effective defensible space.
  • Initial one-day defensible space clean up.
  • Performed by professional contractors, who are bonded and insured.
  • You must be the legal owner of the property to be cleared.
  • You must be unable to complete this work due to physical, economic and/or other barriers.
    • One person household: Income is <$50,940 annually.
    • Two person household: Income is <$58,180 annually.
    • Three person household: Income is <$65,480 annually.
    • Four person household: Income is <$72,720 annually.
    • Five person household: Income is <$78,580 annually. 

Currently, we are only servicing properties within the San Diego River Watershed and Consortium Watersheds due to funding guidelines. To determine if you are within our current service boundary, enter your address in the search bar on the upper right hand corner of the map below. If you are outside of the boundary, you can still sign up to our program to join our waitlist. Please note, completing an application is not a guarantee of service. 

Please click the ‘Sign Up’ button below to add your property to the wait list. If you do not have internet access, please call the Fire Safe Council at 619-562-0096 to sign up.

  • This program is funding dependent and services are offered on a first-come, first-served basis as program funds are available.
  • This program is offered by the Fire Safe Council San Diego County in partnership with the Resource Conservation District of Greater San Diego County.  Funding is currently provided by grants from San Diego Gas & Electric, San Diego River Conservancy, and the United States Forest Service. In accordance with Federal law and U.S. Department of Agriculture policy, this institution is prohibited from discrimination on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, age, or disability.
  • Completing an application is NOT a guarantee of service. 
  • Low income threshold is determined by the 2021 guidelines for San Diego County Very Low Income. Proof of monthly/yearly income by income tax return, or other comparable means may need to be shared. Income that will be considered is total gross income (income prior to deductions, not gross adjusted income).