Malibu Residents Urged to Comply with Brush Clearance Safety Measures


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MALIBU (CNS) - City and fire officials today urged Malibu residents to comply with annual brush clearance guidelines or face citations.

On June 1, Los Angeles County Fire Department personnel began conducting annual brush clearance inspections in Malibu and other coastal communities.

“We have already had our first Red Flag Warning day this year, which is a serious reminder that our next major wildfire is always around the corner,'' Malibu Mayor Karen Farrer said.

“To those residents who have already completed their brush clearance by the June 1 deadline, I thank you,'' Ferrer said. “If you have not yet completed your brush clearance, please act now to protect your home, your neighborhood and your community.''

The brush clearance guidelines stress creating “defensible space'' around properties so firefighters can effectively protect life, property and the environment -- and their own safety.

The Brush Clearance Program is a joint effort between the Los Angeles County Fire Department and the county Department of Agricultural Commissioner Weights and Measures, Weed Hazard and Pest Abatement Bureau.

Non-compliant properties may be subject to a county administrative fine of $500 and/or a non-compliance fee of $648, to be assessed on the property tax bill.

For any questions or concerns related to the Brush Clearance Programor to request an inspection, residents may contact their nearest Los Angeles County Fire Department station.

For more information, see the “Defensible Space'' section of the county's Ready, Set, Go guide at https://www.fire.lacounty.gov/rsg/.

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