Fuel Mitigation Deadline is June 15th! Please ensure that your properties are ready for fire season by creating and maintaining your defensible space. Compliance Inspections will begin on June 15, 2020.
The Moraga Orinda Fire District Exterior Hazard Control Ordinance is designed to minimize fire danger by controlling the density and arrangement of hazardous vegetation. The goal is to maintain trees and vegetation that benefit a property while removing combustible material and hazardous vegetation that provides a fuel source for wildfire. This defensible space also aids our firefighters by giving them a tactical advantage in stopping a fire and saving lives and property. Everyone must comply with fire code requirements to maintain their properties by removing all combustible material and hazardous vegetation that increases the risk of wildfire. Please refer to this webpage for additional information. If you have further questions, contact Fire District staff by emailing questions to email@example.com or calling 925-258-4525.
Fire Season is Here. Will Your Home Withstand a Wildfire?
Deadline to Comply - June 15th!
- Cut grass to no higher than 3 inches
- Limb up trees to 6 feet off the ground.
- Cut bushes, shrubs and trees so they are separated and don’t create a “fire fuel ladder”.
- Maintain vertical clearance over roadways to 15 feet and 3 feet back on each side.
- Maintain roofs and gutters free of dead leaves and pine needles.
For more information: www.readyforwildfire.org
Codes and Ordinances
Message from the Fuels Mitigation Manager
All District property owners have a shared responsibility to provide a fire safe environment and maintain their property free of Exterior Fire Hazards throughout the fire season. The annual growth of grasses can change from beautiful green to a very flammable brown in just a few weeks.
The opportunity to get the work done after the rain has stopped and before the fire season starts can be a very narrow window. Planning to get this work done sooner will reduce wildfire risk. Each year the State of California experiences a number of significant large fires in early June, which reinforces the need to have our vegetation management done early in the season.
On March 16, 2020, in coordination with health officers from the nine Bay Area Counties, the Contra Costa County Health Officer issued an Order directing all residents to shelter in place and limiting commercial activity to essential needs. An order on March 31, 2020, made important clarifications in regards to fire prevention and landscaping for the purpose of fuel mitigation. A new Order issued April 29, 2020extended Shelter-in-Place Orders with some rules easing through May 31, 2020. For purposes of this Order, “Outdoor Businesses” that normally operated primarily outdoors prior to March 16, 2020, and where there is the ability to fully maintain social distancing of at least six feet between all persons: Businesses primarily operated outdoors, such as wholesale and retail plant nurseries, agricultural operations, and garden centers. Service providers that primarily provide outdoor services, such as landscaping and gardening services, and environmental site remediation services are allowed under Section 16.l.
If you have any questions in regards to abatement of Exterior Fire Hazards, please refer to this webpage or contact the MOFD Fire Prevention Division at (925) 258-4525 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Moraga-Orinda Fire District is thankful to all of the citizens who make fire safety a priority. Together, we can share the responsibility in making our communities fire safe.