Deadline for Grass Length Approaches

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ASHLAND, Ore. — Ashland residents have until the end of day on Sunday to mow their grass and weeds down to code.

Despite a few small Southern Oregon fires believed to be sparked by mowers or heavy machinery, fire officials still urge you to remove the fire fuel.

Over the last several weeks a few local residents have been trying to remove fire fuel and end up fighting a fire because those efforts. Fire crews have responded to a few grass fires that could have been correlated to mowing.

For example, one fire burned nearly five acres on Sterling Creek Road on Friday after a brush-hog hit a rock in a grassy field, sparking the flames. Fire crews say despite the risk, it’s best to be careful and cut the fuel down to four inches.

Residents have to maintain that height throughout fire season. Fire crews say the morning is the best time to mow because the humidity is usually higher.

“If they have a large field to mow, start around the edge of it, create a perimeter, a mowed perimeter before going into the center, that way if you do have an incident, a spark that starts a fire, maybe it will help to control it or help the firefighters to control that fire,” said Ashland Fire Marshal Margueritte Hickman.

Fire crews say you can also keep a water source nearby, but before trying to put it out yourself, call 9-1-1 first. In Ashland, code enforcement officers will start accepting complaints about tall grass violations and also start sending out letters to people who are not complying. Those folks could face a fine of up to $500 if it’s not taken care of.