Program-wide, most property owners elect to maintain their own properties. Doing the work yourself,
or hiring a local company, gardener or landscaper is almost certainly
less expensive than allowing ACWM to perform the work. An exception
to this might be ACWM tractor discing which can be fairly
cost effective. To help property owners decide, upon request ACWM
will provide an estimate of the cost for ACWM to do the work.
Most property owners receive the Annual Notice in early February.
This may be way too early to begin clearance of annual weeds and
grasses which will almost certainly still be small and green. Refer
to the schedule below for more details on when to clear the property.
Green Annual Weeds or Grass
When the annual weeds and grass begin to dry,
usually beginning about April 1 to May 15.
Dry Annual Weeds or Grass over 3 inches in height
As soon as possible. Best if done in the fall
to early spring to avoid nesting birds.
Dead or Neglected Ornamental Plants/Landscaping
As soon as possible
Current Season's Tumbleweeds (Antelope
By October 1
HOW TO AVOID ACWM CLEARANCE ON YOUR PROPERTY
Contact ACWM for a clearance deadline
inspecting and clearing properties as early as April 1. This
process takes time to complete so ACWM will be in many areas
much later than this date. Upon request, ACWM will send a
more area-specific deadline which could be later than April
1, but still consistent with the overall mission of hazard
prevention. Requests for clearance deadlines can be made using
the Response Card which is included in the Annual Notice or online at
the ACWM website http://acwm.lacounty.gov
Make sure the property is cleared by April 1 or by the clearance
deadline if one was requested.
Contact ACWM by April 1 or by the clearance deadline, if one
was requested, for any questions regarding:
The extent to which vegetation needs to be completely removed
or only trimmed, thinned or cut back.
Yes! Upon request, ACWM will come out before the deadline
and inspect the progress of owner self compliance.
What ACWM Looks for When Performing Inspections
It is not necessary for properties to look beautified or landscaped
to pass the ACWM inspection. Very basically, ACWM is making a determination
if, overall, vegetation is present on the property in sufficient
height, density, condition and proximity to a home, other structure
or road to ignite and:
Readily transmit fire to the structure
Readily transmit fire from a structure or other ignition source
to wildland areas
Block evacuation routes
For properties which are in the program because of tumbleweeds and
which are not near a home or other structure, ACWM is inspecting
to see if tumbleweeds are present in large amounts which have the
potential to blow off the property and cause the nuisance conditions
previously described. A few tumbleweeds scattered across the property
may not need to be removed. For a much more detailed explanation
of the tumbleweed program, click here.
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