Hazardous Vegetation Abatement
The Board of Supervisors finds that hazardous vegetation or combustible material poses a danger to the health, safety and welfare of the public and exacerbates the risk of wild fires. Hazardous vegetation and/or combustible material requires a comprehensive abatement program in the County of Lake. Further, the establishment of defensible space benefits property owners, public safety personnel and all residents of Lake County by significantly increasing the likelihood that structures will survive a wildfire and it will provide for firefighter safety during a firestorm and assist in the protection of lives.
This ordinance shall apply to all real property located in the unincorporated areas of Lake County. The removal of hazardous vegetation in the areas subject to this ordinance is recognized as an essential action a homeowner or property owner can take to increase the chances that Lake County residents, wildlife, homes, and other structures will survive a wildfire.
In accordance with the ordinance, property owners in the unincorporated areas of Lake County will be given 30-day notices to abate fire hazards on their land as identified by a county fire official in cooperation with fire professionals. Failure to comply, which can be treated as a misdemeanor, may result in daily recurring administrative fines and jail time.