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By Diane Sieker

Firefighters share safety tips for 2018 fire season


Last updated 7/18/2018 at 10:28pm

Diane Sieker

Firefighters need clearance for their large trucks to be able to gain access to properties to save structures and homes.

Everyone has seen the public service announcements, read the notices and heard the radio spots regarding "defensible space," the area between the home and a potential fiery disaster.

Mowing, trimming, pruning and relocating combustible materials like firewood piles is advised. Those living in the rural environs of Riverside County are more than familiar with the dangers of not maintaining that buffer and employing hazard reduction methods like weed whacking and mowing.

In 2005 a new state law came into effect that extended the defensible space clearance around homes and structures from 30...

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