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BRUSH CLEARANCE

Following are sample rules for brush clearance for associations in wooded or other high-risk fire areas.*

HIGHWAY, STREET, ALLEY, DRIVEWAY
All brush, weeds and grass shall be cut to 3" in height for a distance of 10' from all highways, streets, alleys and driveways.

GRASS, WEEDS and BRUSH
  • Grass and weeds shall be cut to 3" in height.
  • Selected native brush shall be trimmed up from the ground 1/3 of its total height and be no closer than 18' from each other and structures, native brush between shall be cut to 3" in height.
  • All brush, weed and grass shall be cut to 3" in height for a distance of 10' from all combustible fences.
TREES
  • Trees need not be spaced 18' apart.
  • Branches must be trimmed up to 6' from the ground, all dead material must be removed.
  • Branches must be trimmed up to 5' from any roof, even if the branches are from trees belonging to a neighbor which overhang on your property.
CHIMNEY
Trees shall be trimmed so the foliage is no closer than 10' from the outlet of the chimney.

ROOF
Maintain roof surface free of substantial accumulation of leaves, needles, twigs and all other combustible material.

ALL CUT VEGETATION
  • Cut vegetation shall be removed in a legal manner.
  • Cut vegetation may be machine processed (chipped) and spread back onto the property.
  • Chips shall not exceed 3' in depth within 30" and 6" depth beyond 30' of any structure.
  • Chips shall not be spread within 10' of any usable roadway.
*From the Los Angeles Fire Department. Also see Public Resources Code 4291.

ASSISTANCE: Associations should contact their local fire departments for rules specific to their areas. Associations needing legal assistance can contact us. To stay current with issues affecting community associations, subscribe to the Davis-Stirling Newsletter.

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