As fire season approaches following late season rains, the City of Santa Rosa asks that property owners do their part to help keep Santa Rosa fire safe by abating weeds and grasses on their property throughout the entire fire season.
Fire Department staff will begin conducting inspections of parcels on June 12th. Residents and property owners are encouraged to take the necessary steps to ensure their properties are in compliance with the requirements of the City’s Weed and Rubbish Abatement Ordinance. The Ordinance requires property owners to cut weeds and grasses that are over four inches in height on their property if the property is located within the Wildland Urban Interface (WUI), is a vacant lot including those in the fire rebuild area, or if the property contains more than a half-acre of unimproved land. Weeds and vegetation will likely grow back throughout the late spring and summer months, and property owners will need to ensure their parcels remain in compliance until the fire season is declared over.
Property owners are encouraged to adhere to the following guidance for conducting weed abatement in a safe and effective manner:
- Use trimming, mowing and power equipment before 10 a.m. and after 6 p.m.
- Never use a lawn mower in dry vegetation. Use a weed trimmer to cut down dry weeds and grass.
- Remove rocks in the area before operating any equipment. A rock in grass or weeds can start a fire when struck by a metal blade.
- Keep a cell phone nearby and call 911 immediately in case of a fire. Never put oneself in harm’s way by extinguishing an advancing fire.
Owners of properties that do not take action to comply with the Ordinance may be subject to a violation and abated by City of Santa Rosa Fire Department. The costs will be the responsibility of the property owner (City Council Resolution No. RES-2017-028.)
For more information on the City’s Weed Abatement Program and to determine if a property is located in the WUI, visit srcity.org/WeedAbatement.