Ventura County Fire encourages the public to prepare for another dry wildfire season
CAMARILLO, Calif. – Homeowners and property managers are being urged to remove natural vegetation from around homes and structures in an effort to help the Ventura County Fire Department prepare for another dry summer and high wildfire season.
This week, notices will be mailed for 16,025 parcels to clear 100 feet of brush away from properties near open land where wildfires may occur. The deadline to comply is June 1, 2016.
“Despite recent rains, Ventura County is still at a very high risk of wildfires, especially in areas where development meets natural vegetation,” said Fire Chief Mark Lorenzen. “We require property owners to clear annual grasses and brush 100 feet from structures because it gives our firefighters a defensible space area that allows them to get between the structures and an advancing wildfire.”
Each year, more than 15,000 notices are sent out to property owners with a reported 99 percent compliance rate. VCFD’s Fire Hazard Reduction Program (FHRP) is an award-winning, nationally recognized effort designed to remove hazardous vegetation from around structures and provide firefighters with room to operate should the property be threatened by a wildfire.
“There is a lot of very dry and dead brush out there. That means that we are looking at very difficult conditions once again this year,” said Captain Mike Lindbery, “Since we can’t predict when or where a brush fire will occur it is important for property owners to be ready for wildfire.”
For information on how to prepare your home and family for wildfires, please visit the “Ready, Set, Go!” website at http://vcfd.org/Ready-Set-Go.