Monrovia ordinances and regulations (8.14.030 -050) FIRE HAZARDS RELATING TO VEGETATION require that property owners create defensible space around their buildings, keeping the area within 30’ of any structure “clean and green”, and removing hazardous vegetation for a minimum of 200 feet around their buildings. Property owners are responsible for maintaining defensible space within that radius around their buildings. The full text can be read in the Monrovia City Ordinance - 8.14.030-050.
Properties not complying with the defensible space requirements by July 1 may be subject to a re-inspection fee, as well as administrative fine(s). The ordinance process could cost property owners as much as $1,000 in fines for the first offense and up to $5,000 in fines for the third offense, if it is determined that the lack of brush cleared poses a significant risk to public safety.
Do not start a fire in the process of creating defensible space! Improper equipment and vehicle use are common causes of brush fires. Here’s how to do it the right way:
Safe Equipment Use
- Work before 10 a.m., and never in the heat of the day or when the wind is blowing.
- Use string trimmers or hand tools, not mowers to cut dry vegetation.
- Remove rocks from dry grass or weeds to prevent sparks.
- Ensure equipment has approved spark arrestors.
- Do all cutting, grinding, and sharpening on paved, enclosed area.
- Have water and a fire extinguisher readily available.
- Do not park close to vegetation.
- Report all fires: Call 911.
Disposal of brush will be the homeowner's responsibility. The Monrovia Fire & Rescue Debris Removal Options 2017 outlines information regarding the brush clearance program.
Inspections of properties will begin on or after May 15, so we ask that you complete your required vegetation management before this date. If compliance is not obtained at the conclusion of the third on-site inspection, your property will be subject to an inspection fee of $102.
For details on the program or for answers to specific questions, contact Monrovia Fire & Rescue's Brush Line at 626- 256-8109. Thank you for your continued effort to help Monrovia maintain a fire safe community.
The following publications will be helpful in brush clearance and fire safe landscaping:
- Los Angeles County Fire Hazard Reduction Program
- California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection