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Because of the Lake County Fire Protection District’s rural landscaping, every year local residents are faced with the task of removing excessive weeds from their property. And, every year, local residents are faced with neighbors who have failed to remove the excessive weeds from their property. To assist our citizens, we have compiled the following information regarding weed abatement minimum standards, burn season time frames and requirements, fire district authority, and property owner responsibility. California Fire Code Authority: Any parcel which is determined by the Fire Chief or his representative to be a fire hazard as defined by the California Fire Code (CFC) 2013 Edition.
Minimum Standards for Residential Properties
1. Parcel fronting on a public street or alley shall be abated to the edge of the public street or alley. (Yes, this is your property and your responsibility).
2. Trees shall be limbed no less than 6 feet from ground level within 30 feet of buildings.
3. Brush and combustible vegetation (excluding landscaping) must be cleared 100 feet around all buildings.
4. Remove that portion of any tree extending within 10 feet of the chimney outlet.
5. Maintain any tree adjacent to or overhanging any building free of dead wood.
6. Maintain by removing all debris, leaves, needles, or other dead vegetative growth from roof structures and rain gutters.
7. Remove any/all flammable dead debris from underneath/around all bushes, plants, and/or landscaping structures including stairs, decks, patios, carports, etc.
8. Post address in visible area in numbers not less than 3” high, 3/8” wide and in a contrasting color. If your address cannot be seen from the roadway and/or if your driveway serves multiple residences, post your address (same specifications above) on a 4’ post at the driveway entrance so that it is visible from both ways of travel.
9. Maintain driveway access clear 12 feet wide and 15 feet high.
Minimum Standards of Large Lots or Unimproved Properties
The following list outlines the only acceptable procedures allowed for the abatement of fire hazards created by combustible weeds and/or debris:
Note: Combustible weeds and debris shall not be removed by burning. Firebreaks shall be tilled, disked, or scraped.
Weed Abatement Services
The weed abatement businesses can be located in the SBC Yellow Page directory.
Lake County Fire Protection District14815 Olympic DriveClearlake, CA. 95422Ph: 707-994-2170Fax: 707-994-4861