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Ready, Set, Go!

Are you wildfire ready?  In the event of a wildfire, Ready, Set, Go! helps give you the tools to protect your family, property and community from wildfires. 

Ready Set Go

 

Take personal responsibility and prepare long before the threat of a wildfire. See brush clearance tips below.

Pack your vehicle with essential emergency items.  Food, water, medication for you/family/pet(s), and important documents.  Stay aware of the latest news from local media, fire and police for updated information.

Evacuate when told, do not wait! Go to the designated evacuation location as instructed by the authorities. 

 

It is particularly important to follow Ready, Set, Go! during Red Flag conditions. Be vigilant and keep your TV or radio on. Be sure to keep a pair of old shoes and a flashlight handy for a night evacuation. Keep the six "P's" ready, in case immediate evacuation is required. 

  • People and pets
  • Papers, phone numbers, and important documents
  • Prescriptions, vitamins, and eyeglasses
  • Pictures and irreplaceable memorabilia
  • Personal computers (information on hard drives and disks)
  • "Plastic" (credit cards, ATM cards) and cash

For more information about the Ready, Set, Go program and other fire safety information, visit the Cal Fire website.

 

The state of California has seen an increase in frequency and size of wildfires. Culver City has an ordinance in place that increases requirements for brush clearance and fire safety in the Very High Fire Hazard Severity Zones (VHFHSZ).  This ordinance establishes appropriate safety measures necessary to mitigate the occurrence of such fires.

Brush Clearance Safety Tips

Throughout the state, smaller brush fires have been accidentally started by well intentioned residents performing brush clearance. Follow the safety tips below to help eliminate accidental starts.  

  • Use of metal cutting blades for grass or brush clearance shall be limited to those which are non-ferrous/non-sparking.
  • Brush clearance cannot be done on red flag days, when fire weather conditions are at their peak.
  • Individuals engaged in brush clearance operations shall not engage in any other activities during the actual clearance of grass or brush.
  • An approved fire extinguisher, or a pressurized garden hose with attached nozzle shall be within 10 feet of any grass or brush clearance operation, to quickly extinguish a small fire before it burns out of control.
  • A cell phone capable of dialing 9-1-1 shall be charged and readily accessible to the grass or brush clearance operation.
CLEAR EARLY AND OFTEN

 

Brush Clearance Requirements

1. The first 30 feet around or adjacent to ANY structure shall be maintained completely free from Native Brush or hazardous vegetation with the exception of Specimen Native Shrubs.

2. All Native Brush or hazardous vegetation from 30 feet to 100 feet of ANY structure shall be maintained at a height of not more than 18 inches nor less than 3 inches in order to maintain an adequate fire break. You are responsible for clearance on your property only.

3.  You may retain Specimen Native Shrubs throughout the one hundred feet provided:

a. They are spaced at a distance equal to 3 times their diameter, but in no event   closer than 18 feet from other native shrubs, brush or structures.

b. Specimen native shrubs shall be maintained free of dead wood and litter, and trimmed up at least 2 feet from the ground or 1/3 of their height, whichever is less.

c. A list of specimen native shrubs which may be retained is listed in a brochure which may be obtained from your community fire station.

4.  All native brush within 10 feet of any usable road surface shall be maintained at a height of not more than 18 inches but not less than 3 inches above ground level.

5. Trees, shrubs, bushes, or other vegetation adjacent to or overhanging any structure shall be maintained free of dead limbs and other combustible matter.

6.  Trees shall be maintained so that no portion is closer than 10 feet from any chimney.

7.  All roof surfaces shall be maintained free of substantial accumulations of leaves, needles, twigs, and any other combustible matter. 

8.  All weeds and dry grass within 10 feet from any roadway or combustible fence shall not exceed a maximum of 3 inches in height.

9.  All cut vegetation and debris shall be removed and legally disposed.  All vegetation, native or otherwise, shall be maintained so as not to constitute a fire hazard or public nuisance. 

Home Brush Clearance Requirements

 Undesirable Plant Species

The plants listed below are more susceptible to burning due to rough or peeling bark, production of large amounts of litter, vegetation that contains oils, resin, wax, pitch or a high dead to live fuel ratio. Many of these species, if existing on the property and adequately maintained, may remain as long as the potential for spreading a fire has been reduced or eliminated. These types of plants should be avoided, especially in sensitive areas, where they could become established and compete with native vegetation.  Examples of undesirable plant species include:

 Arborvitae  Buckwheat  Eucalyptus  Milk Thistle Red Shanks 
 Artichoke Thistle  Burning Nettle  Fountain Grass  Peppergrass  Russian Thistle
 Bamboo  Caster Bean Plant  Horseweed  Palm Tree  Telegraph Plant
 Black Mustard  Chamise  Indian Tobacco  Pine Tree  Pampa Grass
 Black Sage  Cypress  Mayweed  Juniper  Yellow Mustard

 

Desirable Plant Species

There are no “fire proof” plants. To help create a fire-resistant landscape, select high moisture plants that grow close to the ground and have a low sap or resin content. Fire resistant plants are great in California because they are often drought tolerant too. Plant hardwood trees that are less flammable than pine, fir or other conifer trees. Examples of desirable plant species include:

 Aloe  Rockrose  Ice Plant  Hedging Roses
 Bush Honeysuckle  Sumac  Shrub Apples  French Lavender
 Red Monkey Flower  Lilac  Sage  California Lilac
 Society Garlic  Maple Tree  Poplar Tree  Cherry Tree

 

Public Safety Power Shutoffs

Due to weather conditions that may create the potential for elevated fire risk, a Public Safety Power Shutoff (PSPS) may be under consideration in parts of the Southern California Edison (SCE) service territory. Please visit the SCE website to learn more about public safety power shutoffs and other mitigation efforts.