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Wildland Fire Safety Information

  • When completing yard maintenance, complete before 10:00 A.M., when its cooler and the fuel moisture is higher, but never when it’s windy or excessively dry.
  • Lawn mowers are designed to mow lawns. ▪▪Never use lawn mowers in dry vegetation.
  • Use a weed trimmer to cut down dry weeds and grass.
  • Use plastic blades and cords during cutting operations to avoid sparking a fire.
  • Insure all cutting equipment has an appropriate spark arrestor (if equipped) in place.
  • In areas with extremely hazardous conditions, consider having a “spotter” (someone to watch for a fire, while you cut.).
  • Always have a water source nearby while cutting, and a working cell phone.
  • Cut and remove native grasses and weeds to less than 3 inches in height. Cut and remove native grasses that re-grow during the season.
  • Backyard “fire pits” require special care when operating at all times of the year, but especially during Fire Season.
  • Avoid using shredded bark in your landscape areas. Shredded bark, also known as “Gorilla Hair” or “Monkey Hair”, is landscape material that is shredded to thin strips which resembles hair. Shredded bark dries out quickly and is easily ignited.

Many of our homes and businesses are located within a Wildland Urban Interface (WUI) area. WUI, commonly pronounced “Woo-Eee,” is defined as, “a geographical area where structures and other human development meets or intermingles with wildland or vegetative fuels.”