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Fuel Reduction Program - Vegetation Control


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. Click here to view the 2016 Notice to Destroy Weeds And/Or Debris. 

For information, please contact Chief William Hollingsworth, at 805-927-6240 or via email at

Click here for the Fire Hazard Fuel Reduction Proposals/Bid Requirements

Vegetation Control

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.