The Pasadena Fire Department will begin brush clearance inspections on April 1 and continue through June 2013. Residents in high prone brush areas should receive a brochure outlining the requirements mandated by the State of California to keep you and your neighbors safe. Firefighters will be available to answer any questions you may have about our existing fire codes and ordinances regarding hazardous vegetation management and brush clearance.
The Fire Department does not recommend indiscriminate clearing of native chaparral due to the important role that it plays in slope stabilization and erosion control. Grass and weeds should be mowed and shrubs and trees should be trimmed, however. Re-landscape with ground-covers less than 24 inches tall with high moisture content and retain shrubs and trees 18 feet apart from each other. Plants with high moisture content are recommended such as citrus, oak
Other fire safety recommendations include cleaning leaves, needles and twigs from roof gutters, soaking trees and shrubs monthly to maintain leaf moisture content, pruning trees properly, keeping your property free of accumulated combustibles such as dried vegetation, cuttings and wood piles and mulch flat planting areas three inches deep to suppress weeds.
For further information please contact the Fire Prevention Bureau at (626) 744-7178 or go online to www.cityofpasadena.net/Fire.