The Fire Safe Standards say that I can have Non-combustible Vegetation near
a Water Tank... Does anyone have recommendations on what kind of
Non-combustible Vegetation I can plant infront of a 8'Hx12'dia Tank thats
smack in the middle of the front yard? We wanted hide it behind a hedge or
We are about 60 Miles North of San Francisco, Sonoma County.
Burying it would cause Access issues with the Connections to the tank. The
5000 gallon tank would be quite a hole in the ground too. (-;
They want a 20' setback from the combustible Vegetation, so unless the tree
is Tall and no low Branches, they don't want it near the tank. So my Maple
is either got to go, or I need to find another location.
PG&E made me take out one of our Oaks already. I want to save as many trees
as I can!
I have no suggestions to offer. But can anyone explain why it must be
non-combustible near a _water_ tank? Gasoline, oil, or other fuel
tanks, sure. But water?
Or is this a water tank that is specifically meant to be used to put
Just about all living plants are combustible but many Fake plants are not.
Maybe you can get one from Hollywood. Even a well watered plant can combust
in a very hot fire. While a few burning shrubs may not harm the tank, it
will prevent access to anyone wanting to fill or draw water or access a
valve during a fire.
Does the rule also exclude combustible structures such as one made of wood.
An arbor might spruce up the look.
BTW, does anyone know the precise difference between a Combustible and a
"non-combustible vegetation" from the Fire
Standards. Don't have a clue what vegetation
would not burn.
That said, I would plant a fast growing vine that
will climb a trellis or wire fence. It would take
about 2 years to fully hide the tank and then you
would need to trim it once or twice each season.
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