Wildfires are a natural part of our beautiful landscape, so preparing our homes and families for wildfire is essential. San Ramon Valley Firefighters would like to remind residents in a wildfire hazard severity zone that creating and maintaining defensible space around their homes is critical. The San Ramon Valley Fire Protection District's Exterior Hazard Abatement program is designed to reduce or prevent the spread of wildfire from one property to another. By adhering to our Exterior Hazard Abatement Standards, our community is better protected against the devastation of wildland fires.
The San Ramon Valley Fire has declared that all dry grasses, weeds, dead trees and/or rubbish in a wildfire hazard severity zone is a fire hazard and abatement of the hazard must be completed prior to June 1.
Firefighters urge property owners to not delay in preparing their family and home for wildfire. Take the following actions now:
Maintain 100 feet of defensible space around all structures.
- Properties over an acre may require fuel breaks around the perimeter.
- Clear all needles and leaves from roofs, eaves and rain gutters.
- Limb up trees five feet from the ground.
- Remove branches away from roofs and 10 feet from chimneys.
- Keep wood piles and other stored flammable materials at least 30 feet from your home.
- When doing maintenance on your property to prepare it for wildfire, keep the following tips in mind:
- Check the weather before starting any weed abatement project. If the temperature is high, winds are strong or humidity is low, choose another day.
- Never attempt an abatement project during a red flag warning day.
- If possible wet the area you are going to abate prior to cutting the weeds.
- Always mow or cut weeds before 10 a.m. when moisture levels are highest.
- Always use appropriate tools and equipment to ensure your actions do not start a fire. Lawn mowers are for lawns not tall dry grass.
- Insure you have a garden hose, large container of water, or a fire extinguisher with you while you are cutting dry grass or weeds.
- If a fire should start from any abatement efforts, always contact the Fire District, even if you have put the fire out. Firefighters would like to ensure the fire is completely extinguished and will not reignite later in the day or overnight.
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For more information about the Districts Exterior Hazard Abatement program, as well as, a list of properties who are in a wildfire hazard severity zone, the District's Minimum Abatement Standards, and a list of weed abatement service providers, visit our website www.firedepartment.org/abatement.asp.