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June 1 brush clearance deadline is fast approaching

Bill Warner, Ojai Valley News reporter
The downside of a good rainy season, such as the one this year in the Ojai Valley, is that it produces an abundance of vegetation, which, in turn, becomes dry fuel when fire season rolls around. For all practical purposes, that would be June 1 — the deadline also for fire hazard clearance in the Ojai Valley.
“Especially after the rains, there's going to be a lot of high grass this year,” Ventura County Fire Department (VCFD) Capt. Raoul Garcia said May 25, “so everyone should make sure they have lots of defensible space cleared around their homes.”
Fire Marshal Massoud Araghi said VCFD sent approximately 16,000 notices April 20 to parcels meeting the state criteria for inclusion in the fire hazard reduction program. After June 1, he said, the VCFD would begin inspections to determine whether the parcels were in compliance. Those not in compliance, he added, would receive second notices including a time period in which to comply.

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