May 1 is the opening of weed abatement season.  Please see the requirements below for property maintenance within the Fig Garden Fire Protection District.

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The following are minimum abatement standards for vacant and unimproved lots.
The Fig Garden Fire Protection District may require additional or more stringent
abatement on some properties because of problems with terrain, land use,
growth, location, or the fire history of the property. These standards apply to all
rubbish, weeds, grass, or other vegetation that is likely to become dry during the
year, particularly in the summer.

All Properties
The following areas are also to be included in the abatement program: alleys,
sidewalks, park strips, or unimproved easements abutting the property. For all of
the areas on or abutting the property you are required to:

  • Remove all rubbish, trash, trimmings, litter, tires and combustible waste material,
  • Disc all weeds, grass, brush, or other combustible vegetation according to the discing standards provided below.
  • Remove all grass and other cuttings after mowing, hoeing or cutting.
  • Remove all sagebrush, chaparral, tumbleweeds, and other brush or weeds which, when dry can pose a fire hazard.
  • Remove all tumbleweeds (completely disced under or removed by hand) from the property on a year-around basis.

Discing Standards
All discing work shall be completed so that all weeds, grass, crops or other
vegetation or organic material that could be expected to burn shall be
substantially turned over so that there is insufficient fuel to sustain or allow
the spread of fire. Handwork, including mowing, weed-eating or hoeing, may
be utilized for the removal of weeds along fence lines where discing may not
be possible, so that these areas are free and clear of growth and dead
vegetation. For parcels over 5 acres, in lieu of discing the entire parcel,
firebreaks may be provided in such a manner that no single fire area shall
exceed five (5) acres. Firebreaks shall be a continuous strip of land
which is clear of all combustible weeds, grass, stubble, rubbish, or
other material which would allow the travel of fire.
Firebreaks may
include fire-resistive vegetation, such as irrigated crops, ice plant, green ivy,
and other live plants recognized by the Fig Garden Fire Protection District as
being fire resistant. The following are additional firebreak requirements:

  • Provide 30 foot wide firebreaks around all combustible structures and storage.
  • Provide 30 foot wide firebreaks along each side of all roads accessible to the public and around all brush areas.
  • Provide 15 foot wide firebreaks along each side of all fence (property) lines, ditches and creeks. Any parcel which is adjacent to developed property must have 30 foot wide firebreaks along the fence (property) lines.
  • Graded fire roads (not less than 15 feet in width) may be done in lieu of 15 feet of width of disced firebreaks where specifically approved by the Fig Garden Fire Protection District.
  • Abandoned orchards, vineyards, etc. shall be completely abated.
  • Non-irrigated pasture land being used for grazing must have 30 foot wide firebreaks with substantial cross-discing.