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Thousands in Ventura County receive notice it's time to reduce wildfire danger by clearing brush

Lance Orozco
A helicopter drops water on the Thomas Wildfire in the Faria Beach area in December of 2017.

Ventura County sends out around 18,000 notices.

Thousands of Ventura County property owners are getting reminders that it’s time to clear brush which could pose a threat to buildings during brush fires.

The Ventura County Fire Department is sending out 18,000 notices this week to property owners in high fire risk areas. All brush within 100 feet of structures needs to be removed.

The deadline to remove brush, and other potentially dangerous vegetation is June 1st. County Fire Department officials say the compliance rate normally runs around 99%. For the few which miss the deadline, the county will hire a contractor and bill the property owner for the work.

Fire inspectors say the most common problem property owners fail to take care of, is the removal of tree limbs which are too close to buildings.

Lance Orozco has been News Director of KCLU since 2001, providing award-winning coverage of some of the biggest news events in the region, including the Thomas and Woolsey brush fires, the deadly Montecito debris flow, the Borderline Bar and Grill attack, and Ronald Reagan's funeral.