Brush Clearance Needed in High Fire Areas

By EGP News Report

Los Angeles residents — particularly those living in hilly and mountainous areas that have not burned recently — are urged to clear brush around their property to minimize the danger of brush fires.

“Brush fires are a year-round concern for Los Angeles and I’m asking Angelenos to clear any brush around their residences,” Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa said July 29 during an aerial tour of fire-prone areas with Fire Chief Millage Peaks.

The aerial tour included Ascot Hills in El Sereno; the Angeles National Forest, site of the massive Station Fire; the Santa Monica and Santa Susana mountains; and the Santa Ynez Reservoir.

There are more than 130,000 parcels of land within the city’s Very High Fire Hazard Severity Zone. The Fire Department inspects each of the properties every year, to ensure owners comply with brush clearance requirements.

If a violation is found, the property owner is given a 15-day notice to clear the brush or the city will send contractors to do the job and send the bill to the property owner, with additional fees.

The Very High Fire Hazard Severity Zone includes most of the hilly and mountainous regions of the city, and portions of the following local communities in the Greater East Los Angeles area: Eagle Rock; East Los Angeles; Echo Park; El Sereno; Glassell Park; Los Feliz; Montecito Heights; Monterey Hills; Mount Washington and Silver Lake.

On the same day that the Mayor urged Angelenos to clear brush on their property to help prevent fires, an acre of light brush burned in El Sereno. No one was injured in the blaze, a city fire official said.

The blaze broke out for unknown reasons at 2:25 p.m. at 2580 N. Soto St., said Devin Gales of the Los Angeles Fire Department.

With 78 firefighters on the scene, the flames, which had been burning slowly uphill, were doused in just under an hour with no structures threatened, Gales said.

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