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Cut it Short! Keep it Short! Weed Abatement Due by June 15

The days are heating up and fire season is almost here. This is a great reminder to create your first line of defense from fire by keeping weeds and grass cut. Ashland Fire & Rescue reminds you that 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” by June 15 and 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 and other buildings.
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 about non-compliant properties will only be accepted in writing using the form on our website beginning June 16.

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 2015 weed abatement season, properties throughout the city were inspected. There were 196 properties found to be out of compliance and were issued Notices to Abate issued. Two citations were issued to property owners for failing to abate the weeds, and the city abated the weeds and billed the property owner.

Established in 1887, Ashland Fire & Rescue provides twenty-four-hour service and responds to over 3,900 calls each year in an area that exceeds 650 square miles.

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