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By Diane Sieker
Staff Writer 

Weed abatement and hazard elimination improves fire safety


Last updated 9/7/2019 at 10:39am

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Weed abatement and hazard elimination helps firefighters protect homes and property.

When authorities talk about defensible space – the area between a home and a potential fiery disaster – they are being deadly serious. Mowing, weedwacking, pruning and relocating combustible materials like firewood piles are advised. Anza Valley residents are familiar with the dangers of not maintaining a buffer zone and the importance of employing hazard reduction methods to keep it in good shape.

In 2005 a new state law came into effect that extended the defensible space clearance around homes and structures from 30 feet to 100 feet.

Proper and safely conducted clearance to 10...

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