The LA County Fire Department initiated its annual brush inspections on May 1, 2020 and inspections continue to be conducted on a daily basis. Due to delays caused by COVID-19 many inspections were initiated after the May 1, 2020 start date and inspections will continue through July until all inspections are complete. Should a resident receive a notice, the 2 week period to remedy any noted deficiency still applies and the necessary re-inspection will occur to ensure compliance.
Please note that Fire Department personnel conducting brush clearance inspections comply with all COVID-19 CDC and County of Los Angeles Department of Public health guidelines (such as wearing a mask and maintaining the social distancing requirement of 6 feet) to ensure their safety and the safety of the property owner who may be in attendance at the time of inspection.
With brush inspections in full swing, and a projected active fire season before us, time is of the essence to remind community members to review the Ready! Set! Go! materials. The following link https://www.fire.lacounty.gov/rsg/ also provides additional resources on defensible space and fuel modification guidelines.
There is no guarantee any structure will survive the indiscriminate destruction of a wind-driven fire. However, studies have identified three factors that may decide whether or not your home survives the next wildland fire: Ornamental vegetation, landscape maintenance, and hardening structures to resist catching fire from wind-blown embers. Embers are lightweight, burning pieces of vegetation or construction material which are sent high into the air by winds or smoke and can land a mile or more away, starting new fires. Ember-proofing, or "hardening" your home may be the critical difference between a home surviving or being destroyed during a wildland fire.
To assist you with hardening your home, the L.A. County Fire Department has developed the following information: