A working partnership between property owners, their neighbors and the City of Pasadena is the best defense against disastrous fires. Pasadena's Hazardous Vegetation Ordinance is designed to minimize fire danger by controlling the density and placement of flammable vegetation. It does not recommend indiscriminate clearing of native chaparral and other vegetation that ploys an important role in erosion control and fire hazard reduction which can be achieved if all members of the Fire Prevention Partnership do their part. The ordinance requires property owners to:
These minimum standards are established to provide reasonable measures of controlling both fire and erosion hazards and to protect lives and property. Pasadena Fire Department personnel may introduce greater protection levels in high danger areas.
The goal of the Pasadena Fire Deportment is to establish a fire-safe community through voluntary compliance of informed property owners and residents.
Enforcement involves several steps. They are:
The Hazardous Vegetation Ordinance provides that where the Fire Chief or his designee determines that the condition of a structure or property poses an immediate hazard to life or property, emergency action may be taken. In such cases, efforts will be mode to contact the property owner and to request voluntary removal of the hazard at least 24 hours before abatement work is done.
Pasadena residents and property owners con not ignore the fact that dry. poorly maintained vegetation creates an extreme fire danger to their homes. Well-placed, well-maintained vegetation beautifies and controls erosion in residential neighborhoods. Poorly maintained vegetation is a natural, volatile fuel for fast-spreading wildfire - an invitation to disaster. Property owners and residents can help protect their homes by joining in partnership with their neighbors and the City to assure compliance with the City's Hazardous Vegetation Ordinance, as outlined here. The goals are to maintain trees and vegetation that beautify and benefit a property, and to remove hazardous vegetation that provides a combustible fuel supply for wildfire. This is important to every resident of Pasadena, where the fire season is year round. The Pasadena Fire Department wants to work with you to create the most fire-safe community possible. Department personnel welcome your questions and invitations to discuss vegetation management and other fire-related issues with organizations or individuals. Call: (626) 744-4668 or (626) 744-4655 for additional information or to arrange for a meeting with a Fire Department representative.