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News Release  

April 05, 2011
CONTACT: Randy Metz
Fire Marshal

Moreno Valley Fire Department Begins Annual Hazard Reduction Program

Beginning in mid-April, property owners that have not cleared vacant parcels with overgrown weeds, dry grasses and other flammable vegetation will be receiving a Notice of Violation to Abate from the Moreno Valley Fire Department’s Fire Prevention Bureau.

Fire Prevention personnel conduct annual hazard abatement inspections on vacant parcels within the Moreno Valley Fire Department’s service area. Record rainfall over the winter months has prompted rapid growth of trees, grasses and other vegetation. With summer approaching, hot temperatures and low relative humidity will quickly dry out vegetation, ultimately causing them to become a fire hazard. Property owners who receive these notices are required clear their cited parcel(s) of weeds, hazardous vegetation low lying tree limbs, junk, trash and debris immediately.

For information on proper brush clearance, equipment use, safety when clearing vegetation, applicable laws, as well as hazard abatement resources and guidelines, please visit the City’s website at For additional information on weed abatement for vacant parcels, call 951.413.3381.

Is your home in a Wildland Urban Interface area? Why not get an early start in “hardening” your home against wildfires? “Ready-Set-Go!” is a user friendly, internet-based application that provides homeowners tips on how to prepare your home against damaging wildfires. Visit to begin your plan in protecting your family and property.

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