#78: Steve Aubert Talks New East Contra Costa Fire App, Weed Abatement Rules

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In this episode, I chat with Steve Aubert, Fire Marshal with the East Contra Costa Fire Protection District who talks about their new ECCFPD APP that launched in an effort to limit vegetation fire and encourages residents to abate their properties from weeds and other combustible material.

 

Editors Note: interview was recorded on Friday, May 29, 2020.

Show overview:

  • 01:10 – Intro
  • 01:29 – Steve explains the purpose of the letter and what it means in terms of enforcement and timelines.
  • 04:30 – We get into what the new ECCFPD app is and what it will accomplish.
  • 06:04 – How much an abatement could cost if a property owner does not tend to their weeds and get the property into code.
  • 06:45 – Steve highlights vegetation fires last year and the goal is to prevent that this year.
  • 08:29 – We get into arson, a series of arrest so far in both CONFIRE & CALFIRE
  • 09:58 – What are some of the basic item’s residents should be aware of with abatements in terms of what the fire district is looking at. Examples in the Knightsen vegetation Fire and the Bethel Island wind event.
  • 13:00 – Minimum abatement standards available on ECCFPD Website. We get into fire breaks and the purpose and what they are. How many times should one do abatement on their property
  • 18:20 – What else is the ECCFPD doing to prevent fires.
  • 21:15 – ECCFPD APP is designed for vegetation abatement. Complaints are anonymous.
  • 22:00 – Process for control burns.
  • 23:52 – What is Steve’s best advice for fire prevention for the upcoming fire season.

Fire Codes: https://www.eccfpd.org/exterior-hazard-control-division#body_file-e11c7c73-7207-4d38-a810-abcd5d44f961

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