Compliance with fire regulations slipping in rural areas

Despite two consecutive years of wildfires and an increased awareness of the threat, Santa Cruz Mountains residents are not safeguarding their homes from fire as much as they have in the past. Full Story
clarifier

Santa Cruz, CA

#1 Sep 7, 2010
boneheads.
take another puff

San Mateo, CA

#2 Sep 7, 2010
okay, so a lot of homeowners are not properly maintaining their properties when it come to fire protection, but what about the overpaid firefighters? these same owners are paying astronomically high salaries to these firefighters and all they get from them is being told that they need to clean up their yards? firefighters need to earn their salaries and should be out cleaning up this brush as part of their job responsibilities. it's a no brainier.
billiam

Danville, CA

#3 Sep 7, 2010
wheres the number to report my neighbor with a mini africa of 8 foot tall rattlesnake grass creeping over my fence
Do research

Santa Cruz, CA

#4 Sep 7, 2010
take another puff wrote:
okay, so a lot of homeowners are not properly maintaining their properties when it come to fire protection, but what about the overpaid firefighters? these same owners are paying astronomically high salaries to these firefighters and all they get from them is being told that they need to clean up their yards? firefighters need to earn their salaries and should be out cleaning up this brush as part of their job responsibilities. it's a no brainier.
Most rural areas of Santa Cruz County are protected by paid-call firefighters.
Mee

Santa Cruz, CA

#5 Sep 7, 2010
Due to the long and late rainy season, the weeds and brush are growing very well this year. I mowed my grassy areas in June and again in July. Now in September some of it has grown back two feet high. There have been three distinct crops of different weeds. Even with attention to the problem, nature is being relentless this year.
So, I am going to mow the grasses and weeds a third time....
Jorge

Santa Cruz, CA

#6 Sep 7, 2010
I have an idiot neighbor with 20 ft. tall bamboo right against the road for 40 feet. I would ask him to remove it, if I thought he really would. Cal Fire is afraid to ask him, since it is not within 30 ft. of his home. So if it catches fire, all it will do is prevent the other residents from escaping.

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