Southern California is known for its beaches, sunshine, and great climate--but also for its brush and Santa Ana winds. One of the ways the City of Orange Fire Department helps the community to stay fire safe is to ensure that overgrown brush does not accumulate throughout the city, and that "defensible space" is established and maintained between urban development and the "wildland" interface.
There are generally two cycles per year when weeds are cleared from property lines, road frontages, and buildings. Notices are sent out to property owners notifying them that the vegetation needs to be cleared. Please see the weed abatement page for more information.
Fuel modification is a term used to describe the transition area beginning with natural vegetation types and amounts, and ending with irrigated, fire resistant vegetation. The fuel modification zones are simple in design. However, they do need maintenance to be effective. Please see the fuel modification page for more detailed information regarding this program.