The Tulare County Fire Department will inspect properties for fire hazards starting April 15 due to unseasonably dry weather that has caused grass to become dry earlier this year.
The department offers tips to keep the community fire safe, such as clearing all weeds, grass and combustible rubbish from properties. The department urges residents to use equipment such as lawn mowers, weed eaters, chainsaws and tractors responsibly. Also, property maintenance should be done before 10 a.m., not in the heat of the day or when wind is blowing.
Rocks hidden in grassy areas can spark a fire if struck by a metal blade. Hot exhaust pipes or mufflers on vehicles can also ignite fires.
If owners refuse to abate fire hazards on their property, the county could do it at the owner's expense and could add an administrative fee of $261.
For more information on the hazard abatement, visit tularecounty.ca.gov/fire, or call the Fire Prevention Bureau at (559) 747-8233.
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