Heading into the High Fire Season in Marin County, this seems to be a good time to reintroduce the guideline on how to mow the grass in Marin County, especially the properties that are next to Open Space.
The guideline was established by the the Marin County Department of Parks and Open Space.
This letter is especially critical at this time of year when fire risk is increasing; especially since Marin county is agian, facing a very dry summer season.
The information below can be found on Marin County website Wildfire Safety Information as well.
Excerpt from Marin County Open Space District:
GUIDELINES FOR MOWING GRASS ON MARIN COUNTY OPEN SPACE DISTRICT LAND ADJACENT TO YOUR HOME
It is extremely important that your clearance work does not start a fire and that you follow the guidelines below:
Confirm that the property you want to mow is owned by the Marin County Open Space District, not your neighbor or another agency. Information on lot lines and property ownership is available at the County Assessor-Recorder’s Office (499-7215, or go to http://www.co.marin.ca.us/depts/AR/main/index.cfm) and the County Community Development Agency (499-6269, or go to http://www.co.marin.ca.us/depts/CD/main/index.cfm).
- Mow only grass. If you wish to cut brush or trees on Open Space District lands, you will need a permit; please call the District field office at 415-507-2816.
- Never mow under high fire hazard RED FLAG conditions; call 415-499-7191 for current conditions.
- In the heat of summer, mow early in the morning or during the evening when it is cooler and less likely that you could start a fire. Use extra caution with power mowers or other spark-producing tools.
- Keep a 5-pound “ABC” fire extinguisher AND a fully charged garden hose at the work site while mowing or other work is taking place.
- Do not use metal mowing heads on power scythes (weed whips) as they can spark from contact with rocks.
- Make sure spark arrestors are in place and functioning.
- Do not lay power tools in dry grass where hot metals may ignite flammable vegetation.
- Re-fuel tools away from vegetation — on paved surfaces or cleared areas. Store gasoline away from site.
- If possible, have someone spot you (keep a close watch) while you are working to watch for problems.
- Watch for hikers and other open space visitors; cease work until they are clear from the work area.
Information on the Open Space District is available on the internet at: http://www.marinopenspace.org.
For guidelines on fire protection, call your local fire agency or check the internet:
- Fire Safe Marin
- Marin County Fire Prevention Officers
- Marin County Fire Services
- City of Novato Fire Services
- FEMA – Wildfire brochure
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