Protect your property from summer fire danger
Kenwood Fire Chief Daren Bellach
Now that we are in the full swing of summer, wildland season is upon us. Excessive weeds and brush can be a threat to people and structures.
Mow before 10 a.m., but never when itís windy or excessively dry. Lawn mowers are designed to mow lawns, not weeds or dry grass. Metal blades striking rocks can create sparks and start fires. Use caution.
Trim trees and shrubs away from buildings and chimneys. Remove dead leaves, branches and needles from roofs and rain gutters. Keep your property free of combustibles, such as dried vegetation and prunings. Keep access roads and driveways trimmed to allow for Fire Department access. Make sure your address is clearly visible from the roadway.
Create a defensible space around your home of at least 100 feet. Remove all flammable vegetation within 30 feet immediately surrounding your home.
Property owners who do not clear their property in accordance with requirements may be responsible for all damage to the person and/or property of others as a result of a fire that starts in uncleared areas, the total cost incurred by any/all emergency responders dispatched to put the fire out and to provide medical and/or law enforcement assistance.
For more information on fire prevention and vegetation management, please visit calfire.ca.gov or kenwoodfire.com.