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Cut it Short! Keep it Short!

Drought conditions and fire season remind us that dry grass and weeds will burn. Ashland Fire & Rescue reminds you to do your part to prevent fires from taking over your property or your neighbor’s. Cutting weeds and grasses to no more than four inches tall, and keeping it short throughout the fire season, will slow a fire if one should start on or spread to your property.

Besides being a good idea, cutting and maintaining weeds and grass to no more than four inches is required in the City of Ashland no later than June 15. If you own or rent property in the City of Ashland, here’s what you need to do:
  • Cut weeds and grass to no more than 4” in height.
  • Maintain it at 4” throughout fire season.
  • Applies to your property, parkrows and other right of way areas abutting your property
  • If your property is greater than one acre, you can create buffers of 15 feet around the property and driveways and 30 feet around homes.
Weeds and grass are required to be cut no later than June 15. Failure to cut weeds and grass by this date not only costs the city to provide legal notification to property owners and renters, but may also result in citations, abatement and administrative costs. Complaints will only be accepted in writing using the form on our website after June 15.

Do your part to reduce the intensity of fires in the City of Ashland.  Cut it Short! Keep it Short!  Despite drought conditions, residents are encouraged to maintain the watering of plants within 10 feet of homes in order to prevent the vegetation from dying and becoming a fire hazard. For more information on weed abatement in the city of Ashland, see our website at

During the 2013 fire season, more than 600 weed abatement inspections were completed. Properties found in compliance on the first inspection totaled 427. There were 89 Notices to Abate issued, which is half of the number of notices sent in 2012. One citation was issued to a property owner who failed to abate.

Established in 1887, Ashland Fire & Rescue provides twenty-four-hour service and responds to over 3,500 calls each year in an area that exceeds 650 square miles.

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