The 2020 Blue Ridge Fire was an important reminder of why we must all take fire safety seriously: our proximity to natural open spaces makes our neighborhoods beautiful but susceptible to dangerous wildfires. The City’s annual weed abatement program exists to keep the City fire-safe by ensuring that yards and larger land parcels are cleared of combustible weeds and debris. It’s that time of year again for residents to prioritize weed abatement.
To comply with California Government Code and City Municipal Code, the City issued notices in March to homeowners where potential fire hazard conditions may exist. Those who received the notice are required to clear (abate) their property of all combustible vegetation, including dead leaves, weeds, brush, and tree limbs, as well as excess trash, wood, and other combustibles, by May 25, 2023. The Orange County Fire Authority also assesses properties for fire risk and issues notices as needed.
Please keep in mind that weed abatement season is year-round in Southern California. Every property owner is responsible for maintaining their property in a “fire-safe” condition to protect themselves, their neighbors, and the whole community. For additional information about the City’s weed abatement program, please contact the Community Preservation Division at 714-961-7138.