NELA Living Blog by Emilie Broughton


Since it is the time of year for fireworks and fire season seems to extend every year in California it is a good time to give some reminders about fire prevention and brush clearance in Los Angeles.

Avoid fines and prepare for fires by keeping brush clear all year. Here is a summary of the
requirements in Fire Code (L.A.M.C. 57.322).   Complete information and diagrams at their website

1. Areas within 200 feet of structures and/or 10 feet of roadside surfaces or combustible fence: Grass cut to three inches in height. Native brush reduced in quantity to three inches in height.

2. For trees taller than 18 feet, trim lower branches so no foliage is within six feet of the ground, and remove all dead material. For trees and shrubs less than 18 feet, remove lower branches to 1/3 of their height, and remove all dead material.

3. Trees trimmed up so the foliage is no closer than 10 feet from the outlet of a chimney.

4. All roof surfaces are maintained free of substantial accumulation of leaves, needles, twigs, and any other combustible matter. Maintain five feet of vertical clearance between roof surfaces and portions of overhanging trees.

5. All cut vegetation and debris removed in a legal manner.

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