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Fire Hazard Fuel Reduction Program

Reducing flammable vegetation on your property is the single most important thing you can do to prevent a wildland fire in Cambria. The Cambria Fire Department conducts a Fuel Reduction Program annually for homeowners and businesses. This annual requirement is an effort to reduce the fire hazard caused by the accumulation of combustible materials on vacant parcels. Keep in mind that the forest helps define Cambria and it is important that we reduce the fire hazard without destroying its ability to regenerate.  Make every effort to protect seedlings, young native trees, ferns and bushes by marking them prior to cutting. Property owners are required to clear all combustible vegetation and/or debris from their property by the deadline.

The following are guidelines to help you comply:

  • Remove combustible construction materials, and trash from the property.
  • Trim weeds and annual grasses to 4 inches in height. Avoid exposing bare soil or creating a situation that would encourage erosion.
  • All down trees and rounds, or dead limbs within 30 feet of any structure must be removed. Tree stumps fallen over shall be cut and retain no more than six feet of the log within this 30-foot zone.
  • All down trees beyond 30 feet from any structure 12 inches in diameter or greater may remain on the parcel. However, the entire trunk must be completely on the ground. Materials less than 12 inches in diameter shall be cut and removed from the property.
  • All standing dead trees that pose a safety risk to improved property and/or infrastructure shall be removed.
  • Remove ladder vegetation from under trees and shrubs, maintaining 6 feet of vertical clearance for trees greater than 20 feet in height.
  • All Poison Oak, Scotch/Irish/French or other broom type plants, Pampas grass, Jubata grass and (Crocosmia) also known as Fire Weed, shall be removed. Isolated specimens may be left with greater than ten (10) feet separation and all dead material is removed. 

The 2021 Fire Hazard Fuel Reduction Program information will be posted to the website in April 2021.