LOS ANGELES - Brush clearance season starts today, May 1st. If you see any smiling faces in uniforms on your property, do not be alarmed - it is the Los Angeles Fire Department (LAFD) Brush Clearance Unit Inspectors that will be inspecting your property for grass, weeds, native brush, combustible fences, etc. Our 13 wonderful brush inspectors are tasked with inspecting over 137,000 private properties every year starting May 1st (on top of all of the public parcels they inspect before May 1). To help them get a head start on the process, a group of firefighters is assembled every year, called the Brush Task Force. These members are trained in brush inspection and the related software used to track parcels. The training is now complete and on May 1st, they will disperse into the Very High Fire Hazard Severity Zone (VHFHSZ) to ensure our city is safer with the mandatory defensible space we desperately need.
Click this link to see a video outlining the new brush clearance guidelines.
The best place to get information about all aspects of brush clearance is through our Vegetation Management System online. There you will find brush clearance requirements, information about the inspection process (under the Fire Prevention tab), contact info, and FAQs. You can also check your property status throughout the brush season (starting May 1) to monitor the inspection status of your parcel. Sign up for paperless notifications that will be sent directly to your email instead of filling your mailbox with paper. Join our team in fighting the wildfire threat now so that when the next spark does ignite, it doesn't even make the news.
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