The Burbank Fire Department requests that property owners join forces to protect lives and structures from potential wildfires through participation in the annual Fire Hazard Reduction Program (Brush Clearance). We also ask that you continue to maintain your property in a fire safe condition throughout the year.
FIRE HAZARD REDUCTION PROGRAM GUIDELINES
|CLEARANCE: 0-100 FEET|
Specific Requirements: Each person who has any ownership or possessory interest in, or control of, a parcel of land shall:
|CLEARANCE: 100-200 FEET (FUEL MODIFICATION ZONE)|
An additional 100 feet of clearance is also required by the Burbank Fire Department for a total clearance of 200 feet. The native brush in this zone shall be reduced by 50 percent. Sumac clusters shall be reduced “leopard spot” style and meet the requirements outlined in section (2).
The brush may be cut, chipped, or chopped to lay flat and may be left on the site to a maximum depth of 6”.
Clearance must conform to California Fair Plan Standards.
Because weather, native vegetation, and topography make certain areas prone to wildfires, it is important to be aware of what conditions you live in so you can take steps to protect yourself.
Vegetation management is a vital defense against wildfire and soil erosion for residences on hillsides in Southern California. Safety should be a primary component of any hillside landscape plan or maintenance practice.
Selecting plants that are fire safe and that control erosion can be challenging. Evaluate your specific conditions and choose plants that grow easily and abundantly, have a low fuel volume, require infrequent watering, retain moisture, and have a strong deep root system.
If you need a professional opinion regarding steep slope stabilization, you may wish to contact a Soils Engineer (search under Geologists in Google or Yelp). Check your local nursery for specific plant information.
Pictured above is an example of how to complete the clearance in the 100-200 foot zone. Note the low brush has been removed leaving some sumac and large specimens that have been separated, limbed up, and thinned out, thus reducing the combustible fire load. The cleared material has been cut, chopped, or chipped in place to lay flat and provide no more than a six inch mulch base to prevent erosion and possible re-growth.
|"DEFENSIBLE SPACE" WORKS|
Pictured above is an aerial photo of several Burbank residents exhibiting excellent clearance. This “Defensible Space” protects the homes from advancing flames and buys Firefighters valuable time to set up protective hose lines.
The goal of the Burbank Fire Department is to establish a fire-safe community through voluntary compliance of informed property owners and residents. Inspection and enforcement involves several steps:
Second Notice (Compliance) - $0.00
Second Notice (Non-Compliance) - $280.00
Third Notice* - $280.00
*Subsequent to the third notice, property owners will be subject to prosecution by the City Attorney in the form of hazard abatement by the City’s designated contractor at the property owner’s expense, restitution, and further legal action.
If you have any questions, please call (818) 238-3473. Thank you for your cooperation.
Are you ready in case of a wildfire? Download Ready, Set, Go! Your Personal Wildfire Action Plan or visit www.ReadyForWildfire.org.
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