Ventura County Fire issues annual notices to clear brush ahead of fire season
CAMARILLO, Calif. – Thousands of letters have been sent to homeowners and property managers reminding them to clear 100 feet of brush away from properties near open land where wildfires may occur.
More than 16,660 parcels will receive Fire Hazard Reduction Program (FHRP) notices advising people to reduce grass and brush by June 1, 2018.
"The risk of a dangerous wildland fire season is still high despite significant rainfall. Citizens must prepare now and complete their hazard reduction and defensible space requirements,” said Fire Chief Mark Lorenzen. “We also encourage people to have an evacuation plan in place should a wildland fire occur in their community."
FHRP is an award-winning, nationally recognized program that not only protects Ventura County, but also provides a buffer zone for firefighters to operate should a wildfire threaten a home or property.
Ventura County Fire requires homeowners and property managers to clear brush away from nearby buildings and maintain 100 feet of defensible space. Dead trees, poorly maintained properties and dry brush greatly increases the risk of fast-spreading, dangerous wildfires.
FHRP is designed to minimize fire danger by controlling the density and placement of flammable vegetation.