Ventura County

Fire Clearance Deadline Quickly Approaching

Fire Clearance Deadline Quickly Approaching

CAMARILLO, Calif. - High fire season is almost here and that means it is time to get rid of any hazards around your home.

This week more than 15,000 people in Ventura County received a letter from the Fire Department.

The letter instructs homeowners to clear away a 100-foot defensible space around all structures on their property.  This means getting rid of weeds, dry grass, dry leaves or trash.

It may sound like a hefty chore to accomplish but doing so could save your home during a fire.

A good example of this was last year's Springs Fire.  Ron Oatman with the Ventura County Fire Department said no homes were lost during the Springs Fire and 4,000 homes were actually saved due to defensible space.

"We saw the fire come all the way down to the actual home and stop at the defensible space," said Oatman.

The deadline for clearing fire hazards in Ventura County is June 1.  For more information on how to prepare yourself for a wildfire click here.

If you live in Santa Barbara County, a letter describing the defensible space guidelines will be sent out in early May.

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