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It’s Weed Abatement Season
DON’T GIVE FIRE A PLACE TO START!
The City’s Weed Abatement Program is governed by the Murrieta Municipal Code, Title 8, Chapter 8.32. Property owners in the City of Murrieta are required to maintain their property in a clean and safe condition throughout the entire year. This responsibility is especially important during the fire season, from March through September, to keep our community safe. The Murrieta Fire Department is responsible for inspecting vacant property over one acre. For 2015, inspections will begin after May 15, to allow property owners adequate time for maintenance.
If the property is found to be in violation of the Municipal Code, the property owner will be notified by mail to promptly address the violation. If no visible attempt is made to clean-up the property within 15 days, the City will abate the property and bill the property owner for the abatement cost, plus an administrative fee of $220.
PROPERTY FIVE (5) ACRES IN SIZE OR LESS
1. All weeds must be abated.
2. Dicing, mowing, or weed whacking is acceptable.
NOTE: Mowing must be completed in such a manner that the remaining weeds/vegetation are less than 4” in height. Dicing twice may be required if soil does not mix with weeds properly.
PROPERTY OVER FIVE (5) ACRES IN SIZE
1. Minimum 100 feet firebreak along the perimeter.
HILLSIDE RESIDENTIAL PROPERTIES
1. Structures or improvements must have 100 feet clearance from any flammable/combustible material or dry weeds or vegetation.
1. Minimum 30 feet firebreak along the perimeter from edge of road.
2. Minimum 100 feet firebreak from improved property.
Note: During the warm days, especially when humidity is below 20% do not mow or disc. Fires can be started by mowing or dicing during high-risk fire weather conditions.
DUE TO UNCONTROLLED REGROWTH OF WEEDS AND VEGETATION, IT MAY BE NECESSARY TO ABATE YOUR PROPERTY SEVERAL TIMES DURING THE YEAR.
If you have any questions or would like more information, please call Murrieta Fire Department at (951) 304-3473.
To learn more about maintaining property in a fire safe manner, visit the California Fire Safe Council. Additionally, the National Fire Protection Association's (NFPA) Firewise Communities program encourages local solutions for wildfire safety by involving homeowners, community leaders, planners, developers, firefighters, and others in the effort to protect people and property from wildfire risks.