Firewise: Yardwork During Shelter in Place

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    Despite the shelter in place order, homeowners still need to get their properties ready for the upcoming fire season.
    On April 29, Contra Costa Health Services eased some rules allowing a limited number of businesses to resume, including landscapers and gardening services.  
    The Moraga-Orinda Fire District deadline for homeowners to comply with the hazard reduction standards is June 15. The requirements are:
    • Annual grass and weeds cut to less than 3 inches.
    • Trees limbed/trimmed to create at least 5 feet of vertical clearance between the lowest portion of the canopy and the ground or ground fuels.
    • Concentrations of wild or non-irrigated brush thinned or removed.
    • Ladder fuels removed to disrupt the fuel bed.
    • Roofs maintained free of leaves and other tree litter.
    • Roadside maintained to create 3 feet of horizontal and 15 feet of vertical clearance.
    • Dead or diseased trees removed.
    • Dead combustible vegetation removed.

    Melanie Light is chair of the Orinda Firewise Council, a consortium of leaders from 13 Orinda Firewise groups working on fire prevention efforts. Reach her at info@melanielight.com.

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