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Annual Fire Clearance

By on May 16, 2019 in News with 0 Comments
Photo by Nathan Wickstrum

On May 20, the OVLC will begin routine fire clearance on parts of our preserves that border structures or roads. Thanks to a grant from the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (Cal Fire), this work will be completed by the local Concerned Resources and Environmental Workers (the CREW) and an additional contractor. They will be weed whacking or mowing grasses within 100’ of structures and 10’ of roads, and will remove any dead and down woody material that is greater than 4” in diameter. Additionally, any ladder fuels—branches on trees, especially dead ones—which are within 6’ of the ground, will be cut and removed.

We do this work every year, not just because it is required by Ventura County, but because it helps protect our neighbors and the land itself. We also encourage you to practice good fire prevention at your home: make sure that your grass is cut, dead vegetation is removed, and a perimeter around your house is cleared. The Ojai Valley Fire Safe Council has plenty of information on what is required of homeowners for fire prevention, and best practices for defending your own space.

For more information on how to best prepare your home for fire, please visit California Fire Safe Council.

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