On Wednesday, the East Contra Costa Fire protection District reminded residents to destroy weeds and abate flammable vegetation and rubbish. The due date to abate properties is May 15, 2022.
Last year, the District said because of weed abatement efforts, they saw a 31% decrease in exterior fires noting that they still have all the same problems with wind and fireworks, but now the fires have less flammable vegetation and rubbish to catch fire.
In 2020, the District was proactive with residents to prevent large vegetation fires as they responded to several large incidents throughout the year – with the largest being a fire that consumed more than 750-acres on Marsh Creek Road.
Aubert also reminds the public of removing small amounts of vegetation could prevent could prevent larger incidents such as the October 2019 incident on Bethel Island where a PG&E transformer blew and caught vegetation below on fire which turned into a Complex Fire with 4 fires in 5 hours.
“We are asking our property owners to help us protect the community. Abate now so you do not end up on our inspection list in June and if you need more information, all resources are available on our website,” said Aubert.
The reminder applies to residents within the District which includes: City of Brentwood, City of Oakley, Town of Discovery Bay, Bethel Island, Byron, Knightsen, and Marsh Creek area.
For more information, visit: https://www.eccfpd.org/
Minimum Abatement Standards
318.104.22.168, Parcels Five Acres or Less in Size. All weeds must be maintained at a height of no more than 3 inches. Weeds and grasses must be mowed, with material mulched and scattered or raked and bagged, and removed from the parcel, or disked (see Section 322.214.171.124). All combustible rubbish or debris, including but not limited to: cardboard boxes, pallets, trash, wood rounds/chunks, rubble, etc., must be removed from the parcel. Parcels may require additional abatement during the season due to the regrowth of weeds and other flammable vegetation.
3126.96.36.199, Parcels Greater than Five Acres in Size. All parcels greater than five acres in size must have 30-foot fuelbreaks and 15-foot crossbreaks (see Sections 3188.8.131.52 and 3184.108.40.206). Crossbreaks should divide the parcel into approximately 5-acre sections. Fence lines may require hand mowing/weed eating to ensure completion of fuelbreak. When terrain is too steep or rugged for a tractor, a hand mowed fuelbreak may be required. All cut material should be mulched and scattered or raked, bagged and removed from parcel.
3220.127.116.11, Fuelbreaks Along Roadways. Fuelbreaks along roadways are required as part of the property line. Road right-of-ways shall be cleared to a minimum of 10 feet horizontally from the edge of driving surface and 13 feet 6 inches vertically.
318.104.22.168, Active Pastureland. Active pastureland shall be provided with 15-foot wide fuelbreaks and crossbreaks if a sufficient number of animals are present to steadily reduce height of grasses during the summer months to 3 inches or less by the end of August, irrespective of parcel size. If this requirement cannot be met, 30-foot fuelbreaks and crossbreaks shall be required.
322.214.171.124, Active Cropland. Active cropland shall be provided with 15-foot fuelbreaks or crossbreaks if the crop is to be harvested by mid-June. If there is to be a later harvest, 30-foot fuelbreaks shall be required.
3126.96.36.199, Orchards. Orchards are to be maintained by complete abatement, including grasses under tree branches (see Section 3188.8.131.52). This may require pruning of lower branches to allow equipment access.
3184.108.40.206, Tree Litter. Tree litter (eucalyptus leaves and bark, coniferous needles, leaves, fallen branches, etc.) shall be removed from the base of trees, tree stems, and limbs within 10 feet of the ground and maintained throughout the fire season.
3220.127.116.11, 30-Foot Fuelbreaks. 30-foot fuelbreaks, where required, shall be provided around all structures, combustible storage, trees, shrubs and brush, along ridgelines, fence lines, ditches, and along the sides of, but not in, creeks. Fuelbreaks and crossbreaks are a continuous strip of disked or dozed ground following as closely as possible to the property line, and along one side of all fence lines, ditches, and on top of all ridgelines. Remove from the property all debris, rubble, junk, piles of dirt, etc., which would obstruct or impede vehicles and/or equipment used for abatement work or fire suppression operations.
318.104.22.168, Mowed Fuelbreaks. Mowed fuelbreaks shall be 60 feet wide and mowed crossbreaks 30 feet wide due to ability of the remaining surface material to support a fire growth.
322.214.171.124, Disking Quality. All disking work, including fuelbreaks, shall be completed so that all weeds, grasses, crops and other vegetation or organic material, which could be expected to burn, shall be completely turned under to the point that there is not sufficient exposed fuel to maintain or allow the spread of fire