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Clearlake, CA – May 15th, 2017Each year from May 15 to November 1 there is an increased fire danger throughout Northern California due to excessive weeds and brush. As the citizens of Lake County know all too well, dry, overgrown vegetation is excellent fuel for fires and can be a threat to people, structures, and animals. Last year’s Sulphur Fire, and before that the Clayton, Valley, Jerusalem, and Rocky fires have increased awareness of the danger of overgrown weeds and vegetation. Over 150 structures were lost in the Sulphur Fire due to high winds that drove the fire to spread very quickly through brush and vegetation and onto homes.Last year, the Clearlake City Council adopted a Strategic Plan for improving the City of Clearlake. One of the primary adopted goals was to Make Clearlake a Visibly Cleaner City and one of the identified objectives was to eliminate weeds city-wide. As summer approaches and weeds and vegetation grow and dry out, Code Enforcement staff are out notifying property owners to remove the overgrown weeds and vegetation.It is the responsibility of property owners to keep their properties free of overgrown weeds and vegetation. Not only is it unsightly and contributing to neighborhood blight, but it also can be a fire hazard. The City of Clearlake is teaming up with the Lake County Fire Protection District to enforce ordinances designed to reduce blight and reduce fire hazards. Failure to remove overgrown weeds and vegetation after notification by the city’s Code Enforcement staff can lead to significant fines.City Manager, Greg Folsom, stated “We are going into the tourism season and the City of Clearlake is working on a number of programs to reduce visual blight and make Clearlake a visibly cleaner city. Keeping your property free of weeds and overgrown vegetation will not only improve the image of Clearlake as a wonderful vacation spot, but it will also improve the image of your neighborhood and improve your property value.”Code Enforcement Supervisor, Lee Lambert, added, “The City is expending tremendous efforts in code enforcement to clean up garbage throughout the city and eliminate abandoned vehicles. Property owners need to help by cutting down the overgrown vegetation on their property. So avoid fines and do your part. But more importantly, make Clearlake a nice-looking place for all of us and our visitors by cutting down your weeds.”Clearlake Waste Solutions (CWS) is the City of Clearlake’s franchise waste hauler. CWS provides containers for landscape green waste, as well as normal trash and recycling. South Lake Refuse and Recycling operates the Quackenbush Mountain Compost Facility for larger loads