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WEED ABATEMENT
 
Fire Hazard Reduction Weed Abatement Guidelines

Minimum Property Cleaning Requirements

Property up to One (1) Acre:

  1. All weeds must be a abated (cleaned).

  2. Disking, mowing or weed whacking is acceptable.
    A. Disking shall be done with an approved type offset disc. at sufficient depth to place the weeds under the finished soil surface. Disking twice may be required if the soil does not mix with the weeds properly.
    B. Mowing must be done in such a manner that all remaining weeds/vegetation shall not exceed 4 inches in height (Property that is mowed may be subject to substantial regrowth).
    C. Weed whacking or other forms of handwork should be done when it is impractical to disc or mow due to excessive slope, or when there are obstructions such as trees, shrubbery, fences, buildings or other structures.

 

Property over One (1) Acre:

  1. Disking or mowing is acceptable; see above.

  2. Firebreaks are permitted only when the parcel is not located within 500 ft. of a residential district. Firebreaks shall be a minimum of 50 feet in width, shall extend around the complete perimeter, shall include 50 feet "crosscut" firebreaks, and shall be cleared of all combustible vegetation to establish a fuel break. Any remaining area which has not been disked or cut shall not exceed one (1) acre in area.

Property in Hillside Residential Districts:

  1. Remove and clear away all flammable vegetation and combustible growth from areas within 30 feet of all buildings or structures.
    EXCEPTION: Single specimens of trees, ornamental shrubbery or similar plants used as ground cover do not need to be removed provided that they do not form a means of rapidly transmitting fire from the native growth to any structure. Landscaping and trees do not need to be removed provided they are maintained and watered on a regular basis.

  2. Provide additional fire protection by removing brush, flammable vegetation and combustible growth located from 30 to 100 feet from buildings or structures due to extra hazardous conditions caused by excessive slope, etc.
    EXCEPTION: Grass and other vegetation located more than 30 feet from buildings or structures and less than 18 inches in height above the ground need not be removed where necessary to stabilize the soil and prevent erosion. Landscaping and trees do not need to be removed provided they are maintained and watered on a regular basis.

 

Please be advised you may be held liable for costs associated with any Fire Suppression activities that occur on your property that result from dry vegetation or other types of combustible material remaining on the property.