The Cambria Fire Department is conducting the annual Fire Hazard Fuel Reduction Program for homeowners and businesses. On April 15, 2021, the Board of Directors adopted Resolution 10-2021 declaring a public nuisance, as defined in the Health & Safety Code, for the annual Fire Hazard Fuel Reduction Program. On April 16, 2021, the Notice to Destroy Weeds were mailed to property owners whose properties require abatement.
This annual requirement is an effort to reduce the fire hazard caused by the accumulation of combustible materials on vacant parcels. Reducing flammable vegetation on your property is the single most important thing you can do to prevent a wildland fire in Cambria. 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.
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 owner of record at the time of notification is responsible for clearance of the parcel. Lot owners having clearance done by local contractors will need to work closely with their contractor to ensure your parcel gets inspected by the Cambria Fire Department. Those parcels not in compliance by the July 15, 2021 deadline will be placed on a list to be abated by the CCSD’s contractor. Cost for abatement for each parcel includes the contractor’s charge for services, plus a $100.00 administrative charge if paid within 90 days of receiving bill, a $200.00 administrative charge if paid later. The CCSD is not responsible for the contractor’s charges.
If you have property that no longer requires abatement (e.g., a parcel that has been developed or merged with an improved property), please call (805) 927-6240 and we will remove the parcel number from our list.
Property owners are required to clear all combustible vegetation and/or debris from their property by the July 15, 2021 deadline. All parcels inspected and found to be either not cleared or non-compliant after the July 15, 2021 deadline are placed on a contract list and are abated by the CCSD’s contractor.2021 Fire Hazard Fuel Reduction Program Schedule