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Tall Grass and Weeds Must Be Under 10 Inches in Medford

NewsWatch12 spoke with the Medford Fire Marshall today to learn what you can do to get your property ready for fire season.

Posted: Jun 1, 2018 4:46 PM

MEDFORD, Ore.- Unmaintained dry vegetation is a fire hazard, and Medford's city ordinance to combat that begins Friday, June 1st. 

With warmer weather and fire season approaching, vegetation in fields, hillsides and vacant lots is beginning to dry out. Unmaintained dry vegetation creates a significant fire risk during fire season. Fire can race through such vegetation endangering lives and property. The best way to minimize the fire risk is to reduce the available fuels.

That's why Medford Fire- Rescue is aksing that you do your part to reduce the threat of wildfire this year by cutting dry vegetation prior to fire season.

The City of Medford’s weeds and grass ordinance takes effect beginning June 1st. According to the City’s Municipal Code section 7.430, any property with uncontrolled/unmaintained grass, weeds, brush, or any like vegetation over 10 inches tall creates a fire hazard that must be abated. The exceptions are:

• Ornamental shrubs, bushes, or other like vegetation maintained and kept in a landscaped yard or place • Any crop grown and maintained for agricultural purposes, or grass or other like vegetation grown and maintained for pasturage upon property fenced, zoned, and otherwise lawfully used for said purpose • Any "natural area" within a public park in the City of Medford

A violation is punishable by a fine. In addition, if the City orders the hazard abated, the property owner will be responsible for the cost of the abatement of the hazard and associated administrative fees.

For more information, you can click here.
To submit a vegetation complaint, contact Code Enforcement at 541-774-2016.
If you live in the hillside areas and want more information about making your property more wildfire resistant, call Medford Fire-Rescue at 541-774-2300 to set up a free home evaluation.

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