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Rossmoor: Firewise USA site

Wildfire risk reduction while sustaining Rossmoor’s quality of life


News photo by Dan Rosenstrauch

The National Fire Protection Association’s Firewise USA program teaches people how to adapt to living with wildfire and encourages neighbors to work together and take action.


Firewise USA Site

Rossmoor is an official Firewise USA site, having formed a committee of resident volunteers and collaborating with local wildfire experts to complete a community wildfire risk assessment. This assessment has helped Rossmoor’s Firewise task force to develop a three-year action plan that identifies and prioritizes actions to reduce ignition risk to homes.

Part of being a Firewise USA site also involves spending the equivalent of one volunteer hour per dwelling unit in wildfire risk reduction actions.

Some insurance companies offer a discount on property insurance for homes located in a Firewise USA recognized community. Click the Firewise USA program certificate below to download or save it.


More about Firewise

Click here to learn more about Firewise.

Zone Zero

Firewise does not require or advocate for the removal of all plants around Mutual buildings. It advocates for a Zone Zero ember-resistant area extending 5 feet from buildings and structures. Read more here.


List of Fire Prone Plants

Species Common Names
Abies spp. Firs
Acacia spp. Acacia species
Adenostoma fasciculatum Chamise, Greasewood
Arctostaphylos spp. Manzanita (some twiggy)
Artemisia californica Coastal Sagebrush
Baccharis spp. Coyote Brush
Bamboo Bamboo (all tribes)
Cedrus spp. Cedars
Chamaecyparis spp. False Cypress
Chrysolepis chrysophylla Chinquapin, Giant
Cortaderia jubata Jubata Grass
Cortaderia selloana Pampas Grass
Cupressus spp. Cypress
Cytisus scoparius Scotch Broom
Erigonum fasciculatum California Buckwheat
Eucalyptus spp. Eucalyptus
Genista monspessulana French Broom
Juniperus spp. Junipers
Larix spp. Larch
Notholithocarpus densiflorus Tan Oak, Tanbark Oak
Palms Palm (with dry fronds)
Pennisetum spp. Fountain Grass
Picea spp. Spruces
Pickeringia montana Chaparral Pea
Pinus spp. Pines
Pseudotsuga menziesii Douglas-Fir
Quercus spp. Scrub Oak (brushy oaks)
Rosmarinus officinalis Rosemary
Salvia mellifera Black Sage
Spartium junceum Spanish Broom
Taxus spp. Yew
Thuja spp. Arborvitae
Tsuga spp. Hemlock
Ulex europaeus Gorse
Umbellularia californica California Bay
Vaccinium ovatum Evergreen Huckleberry


Click Here for the full Plant Safety Guide




Zone 1: (SWCM, TWCM)

Zone 2: (M39, M68, M50)

Zone 3: (M50, M55, M59, M61)

Zone 4: (SWCM, TWCM, M5, M28, M29, M48, M70)

Zone 5: (FWCM, SWCM, TWCM)

Zone 6: (FWCM, 4WCM, M8)

  • Needed

Zone 7: (FWCM, SWCM, 4WCM)

  • Needed

Zone 8: (TWCM, M39, M40)


Fire Evacuation Zone Map
Fire Evacuation Zone Map