Fire Hazard Fuel Reduction
Reducing flammable vegetation on your property is the single most important thing you can do to prevent a wildland fire in Cambria. The Fire Department conducts a Fuel Reduction Program annually for homeowners and businesses.
For information, please contact Captain William Hollingsworth, Program Leader, at 805-927-6240 or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Following are important tips in reducing vegetation to minimize fire risk to your home or business:
- Remove dead vegetation from the exterior of your home. In a flat area, there should be a minimum 30-foot clearance; in a steep or hilly area, 50 to 300 feet of clearance is necessary.
- Oil/resin filled plants such as Coyote Brush and Scotch or Irish Broom burn as if they're soaked in kerosene. They should be reduced or eliminated. Contact your nursery staff for a list of fire resistive plants.
- All trees over 20 feet in height should be limbed 6 feet up from the ground.
- Ground debris, grass, and other plants should be trimmed to a maximum of 4 inches. These should be disposed of by chipping or hauled to a greenwaste facility.
- Clear roofs and rain gutters of dead vegetation.
- Place wood piles away from your home or business. Cover them with a heavy cotton tarp.
- Create a minimum 10-foot clearance around the wire from the electrical pole to your home.
- Place a 1/4 inch mesh spark arrestor around chimneys and clear tree limbs from within 10 feet. This will reduce the chance of burning embers from your chimney escaping and igniting a wildfire or a neighbor's home.
- Ensure all fuel containers or propane tanks have a minimum 10-foot fuel break around them.