Keep weeds and grasses short when fire danger levels allow.
Remove debris and branch piles within 30 feet of structures. Keep rain gutters and roofs free of pine needles and dry leaf build up.
Fire Danger Level is EXTREME as of JULY 31st, 2020*
*NO cutting of dry grass or dry vegetation with gas-powered equipment. No use of Chainsaws without a permit. Call 541-552-2220 to request a permit.
**Please note that the use of gas-powered equipment on irrigated landscaping is still allowed. The use of backpack blowers in maintained yards with irrigated landscaping or on sidewalks/city streets is considered low risk.
Utilize caution and proper fire safety procedures if using electric equipment or hand tools to cut dry vegetation.
Weed and Noxious Vegetation Abatement is required throughout the fire season or any other time of year when deemed a fire, health, or traffic hazard.
Do not plant Prohibited Flammable Plants within 30 feet of any structure.
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1 ACRE or Smaller
| Fire Restrictions (ODF webpage)
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General Code Compliance
Greater than 1 ACRE
Fire Hydrant Care
Weeds & Noxious Vegetation:
Ashland Municipal Code Chapter 9.04
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WHY WEED ABATEMENT IS IMPORTANT
Grass fires and wildfires are ignited every year in and around Ashland, by people or by lightning. And whether itís private property, community infrastructure or our watershed, we have a lot to lose when it comes to wildfires.
Cutting grass and weeds, controlling noxious weeds like Himalayan blackberry, Scotch Broom and thistle, and NOT planting flammable plants in proximity to structures reduces the ability for fires to start or spread as quickly, thus substantially decreasing the fire risks throughout our community.
Tall, dead grass ignites easily and spreads wildfire quickly. By following weed abatement requirements, you will make a significant difference in how a wildfire could spread on your property and throughout Ashland.
This photo from 2010ís Oak Knoll fire is from an empty lot where the grass and weeds had been cut short throughout the summer. When hot embers from just a few hundred feet away landed on the short vegetation, the grass and weeds ignited, but did not support the rapid spread of intense fire. In fact, this open lot provided a safe working space that firefighters used to help extinguish the fire that destroyed 11 homes.
Ashland Municipal Code (Section 9.04) requires landowners or occupants to cut grass and weeds by June 15th each year and maintain that height throughout fire season. This applies to all lots within the City limits. Compliance with the weed abatement ordinance will substantially improve the overall fire safety in our community as well as reduce habitat for vermin and reduce the spread of noxious weeds and invasive species of plants.
Failure to abate and maintain weeds and grass by June 15th each year can result in fines up to $500 each day the violation exists, plus any abatement and staff costs. (AMC Section 1.08.020)
For Non-Weed Abatement related violations of the Ashland Municipal Code, please visit the City of Ashland's Code Compliance page or use one of the following links:
Printable: Download the Municipal Code Violation Form