Templeton CSD: Prepare for weed abatement


TEMPLETON   All properties within the Templeton Community Services District boundaries, including yards and lots, must be cleared of all combustible vegetation, such as dead leaves, weeds, brush, and tree limbs by May 1 through Nov. 30. Property owners are also asked to remove excess trash, wood or other combustibles from their property to keep it fire-safe.   

Due to the recent spring rains, there will be an increase in vegetation which can become a potential fire hazard as it dries, Templeton officials stated. Therefore, property owners are asked to plan on multiple cuttings this year to keep grasses and weeds down to fire-safe levels. Below are some of the key weed abatement requirements.

Do not mow after 10 a.m. if the temperature exceeds 80 degrees.

Mowers must be set at a maximum height of three inches unless conditions require a greater height.

All equipment used for weed abatement work must be equipped with proper spark arresters, mufflers, etc.

A fire extinguisher of pressurized-water or back-pump type is required on equipment for immediate accessibility and use.

Property owners are responsible for weeds from the centerline of the public road and through their entire property.

Parcels that are three acres or less in size must be mowed or disked completely.  Parcels 3 acres or larger must have at a minimum a soil firebreak around the perimeter and cross breaks at intervals breaking each block in no greater than 1 acre (or as directed by the Fire Department). Firebreaks shall be a minimum of 30-feet in width at perimeters and cross breaks and 50-feet minimum around structures. Downslope clearances from structures shall be a minimum of 100 feet. Clearances around and under oak trees shall be a minimum of 30 feet.

For more information, contact Templeton Fire and Emergency Services Fire Chief Bill White during regular business hours at 805-434-4900.

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