Templeton Fire Department issues urgent directive for Weed Abatement

It’s no secret that spring has sprung an abundant “super bloom” of dormant flowers and plants throughout San Luis Obispo County. Courtesy of abundant rain, ample new growth also means fire danger when temperatures soar quickly to triple digits.

Templeton Fire and Emergency Services urges everyone to exercise weed abatement as one of their first defenses in keeping properties safe from wildland fires. This includes controlling weeds, grasses, dead trees and shrubs.

“We have enjoyed a tremendous amount of much-needed rainfall this year, but with significant rains come very thick, tall annual grasses,” said Fire Chief Bill White. “Those grasses have grown fast and will create a severe fire hazard as we approach the summer months. So, it is critical property owners keep the grasses mowed.”

Chief White added that anything that is woody and/or dry are considered nuisance materials, as they are more likely to combust. When properties are mowed, it not only slows the spread of vegetation fires, but also gives the fire department a chance to keep those fires small and minimizes danger to their own properties. Weed abatement helps protect their neighbors’ properties, too.

Residents and property owners within the Templeton Community Services District boundaries, including yards and lots, are reminded annually that by May 1, properties must be cleared of all combustible vegetation such as dead leaves, weeds, brush, and tree limbs. Everyone is also asked to remove excess trash, wood or other combustibles from their property to eliminate potential fuel sources if a fire were to start.

KEY WEED ABATEMENT REQUIREMENTS

• Do not mow after 10 a.m. if the temperature exceeds 80 degrees.
• Mowers must be set at a maximum height of three inches unless conditions require a greater height.
• All equipment used for abatement work must be equipped with proper spark arresters, mufflers, etc.
• Property owners are responsible for weeds from the center line of the public road and through their entire property.
• Properties may need to be cut several times due to the recent and significant rain.

Everyone in San Luis Obispo County is also encouraged to follow suit and make ready their properties from May through October. Call Chief Bill White during business hours at 805-434-4900.