Equipment and Defensible Space



The Council also owns and maintains a Ford 250 truck with automatic transmission. It is available for loan to cabin owners. The truck is only for MLIA members and may only be used on Mount Laguna.

Truck Reservation Procedure
  • Call Jack Splinter (858) 472-4368 or Richard Willis (619) 990-1404 to reserve the truck and make arrangements for pickup.
  • Pick up the keys and leave the $10 fee at the Laguna Mountain Lodge store.
  • The truck is parked at Cabin #718 in Boiling Springs.
  • Be sure to return the keys to the Lodge store when you are finished with the truck..

Log Splitter Available

The MLFSC also has a log splitter available for cabin owners’ use to take care of downed wood around their cabin. Contact Jack Splinter or Richard Willis at the contact information listed above to make pickup arrangements. The log splitter is kept at cabin #472.

Cabin owners are asked to pay a $20 use fee for the splitter

to help defray equipment maintenance costs.

Weed whackers ($10 daily), pole saw and hedge trimmer (no charge) are available for use and are kept at cabin #702.



Maintaining defensible space around each and every cabins is vitally important to fire safety for our own cabin, our neighbors, Laguna Mountain and the surrounding communities.  Creating defensible space is a key component to effective fire prevention and fire fighting, if necessary.

US Forest Service, CalFire and San Diego County fire regulations all follow the 100′ defensible space specifications. The 100′ clearance area is divided into two zones:

  • ZONE 1 – “Lean, Clean and Green” for the first 30′ around the cabin.

Zone 1 must be cleared of flammable materials, pine needles, leaves, brush, tree branches and pine cones. Tree branches within 10′ of cabin chimneys and stove pipes must be trimmed. Firewood should be stacked at least 30′ away from structures.

  • ZONE 2 – “Reduced Fuel Zone” for the area 30 to 100′ around the the cabin.

In Zone 2 native vegetation must be thinned 50%; lower tree branches must be trimmed up at least 5′ from the ground; all dead and dying vegetation must be removed.

Additional information about defensible space and wild land fire safety can be found at the Ready for Wildfire website.