Recent Fires Prompt CVFD Weed Program

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Photo courtesy: Jennifer Carrillo The Blue Cut Fire can be seen clearly from a home in Oak Hills.

Photo courtesy: Jennifer Carrillo
The Blue Cut Fire can be seen clearly from a home in Oak Hills.

Chino- Fire season is here and on high alert. The most recent and current fire is named the Blue Cut Fire, shutting down major freeways such as Highway 138 and the I-15. The fire has forced people to mandatory evacuate from their homes, and close down several schools.

As of August 16, California had a total of 11 fires; 8 that were current and 3 reported to be contained, according to the online source at www.fire.ca.gov.

With Chino Valley Fire District’s (CVFD) commitment to safety, they have scheduled the weed abatement program on August 29 that will focus on preventing brush fires and the accumulation of combustible materials.

Any tumbleweeds, combustible vegetation and rubbish must be cleared by August 29. If they find a hazard does exist, the property owners will be assessed a non-compliance fee. If the property is not cleared by September 28, an additional administration fee may be placed and the property would have to be cleared by a contractor. The legal owner of the property that is on record at the time of the citation will be responsible for any fees, including contractor charges.

The Chino Valley Fire District says, “Property owners are required to maintain their properties clear of tumbleweeds, combustible vegetation and rubbish year round. Tumbleweeds are a high fire danger due to their propensity to break loose once dry and be carried by the wind to areas where they can accumulate along flammable vegetation, wood fences, homes and other combustible materials.”

CVFD also provides several helpful tips for clearing vegetation safely and effectively:

  • Use trimming, mowing and power equipment before 10 a.m. and after 6 p.m.
  • Never use a lawn mower in dry vegetation. Use a weed trimmer to cut down dry weeds and grass.
  • Keep a cell phone nearby and call 911 immediately in case of a fire.
  • Never put yourself in harm’s way to extinguish a fire.

For more information about the weed abatement program, you may visit www.chinovalleyfire.org or you may also call the Community Risk Reduction Division at (909) 902-5285.