recent spring weather has turned the hillsides and fields green
with a rapid growth of vegetation in and around Valley Center.
This vegetation will become "flash fuel" as the season
progresses towards the hot and dry summer. Weather conditions
such as the "Santa Ana" winds will quickly remove
the moisture content of all the growing vegetation around our
must take action to cut and trim back these dangerous fuels.
It is only the fuels that we have direct control over. Failure
to remove these combustible vegetation areas, dead standing
trees and failure to provide at least 100' of defensible space
between our homes and the wild land areas will result in a
clearing and fire protection around your home, use the following
your property free of accumulated combustibles such as dried
vegetation, cuttings and wood piles.
Within 100 feet of structures, landscape with low fire resistive
plants, such as ground covers that do not transmit fire rapidly.
You may retain "specimen native shrubs" if they
are trimmed and are maintained free of all dead wood, dry
leaves, etc. Don't plant flammable shrubs and trees beneath
eaves and attic vents.
Remove combustible vegetation and other flammable materials
100' from buildings or structures
Remove tree limbs to 6' above the ground
Trees and shrubs should be trimmed away from buildings
Remove dead leaves and pine needles from roofs and
Remove all combustibles within 10' of propane tanks
Weeds and native chaparral should be trimmed to within
8" of the ground.
Clear 30' from property line
and driveways should be well cleared of trees and brush to
permit access for fire equipment.
Remove combustible vegetation within 10' along roads
Maintain a 13'6" vertical clearance over roads
and driveways for emergency vehicles
help responders in an emergency please make sure your house
address is clearly marked and visible with a contrasting background
at the entrance to your property. (numbers 4" high with
a 3/8" brush stroke)
Homeowners are urged to be careful when creating defensible
space around homes. Use gas and electrical powered equipment
during cooler, less windy hours before 10 a.m. when sparks
are not as likely to create accidental fires.
Dead and dying groves are also a serious concern in our area.
Farms and agricultural land must also comply with fire codes
and present a larger problem with the recent irrigation water
cut backs and cost increases. The Valley Center Fire Protection
District is working with these grove owners to reduce the
fire hazard. Owners or neighbors with concerns should contact
the Fire Marshal.
As with all fuel reduction projects, both residential and
agricultural, NEVER grade or disturb the soil. Clip and chip
in place is acceptable or haul debris to a green waste center.
Each year the Valley Center Fire Protection District with
CALFIRE inspects over 1,000 parcels for abatement of fire
prone brush and grasses. Property owners are notified to clear
their parcels, with most complying by an issued deadline.
After the first notice, the Valley Center Fire Protection
District and CALFIRE identifies any non-complying parcels
and causes them to be brought into compliance.
Should you receive a notice from the Valley Center Fire Protection
District or CALFIRE, please act on it promptly.
If you have a concern about fire prone brush near your home,
please call the Valley Center Fire Protection District at
760-751-7600. We will have someone investigate whether brush
removal or other mitigation measures are necessary.