Salvucci used a nearby hillside to demonstrate his point on clearing. Three homes stand side-by-side at the edge of the La Cañada Flintridge Country Club golf course. The course is defensible space, an area that gives firefighters an extra buffer zone, allowing them to fight the fire from a safe area. One home has iceplant climbing up the hill; most of the dead vegetation is cleared and a watering system is well placed. A neighboring home has half of its hillside covered in green vegetation, but the other half is dry grass.
"This needs to be cleared," Salvucci said, referring to the dry portion of the landscaping.
The third home has green vegetation that covers the hill, but it's overgrown and underneath a balcony patio.
"This can be hazardous," Salvucci said.
At the end of each inspection a yellow card was placed on the homeowner's door, either indicating that they were in compliance or explaining what they must do to pass a future inspection.