defensible space

Residents key in fire prevention battle

While wildfires may not be as blissful as popsicles and sunblock, they are just as prevalent during summer months in the foothills. However, there are many things that homeowners ...

Region’s fire officials urge residents to ring their homes with healthy stretch of defensible space

Monday was the official start of fire season, and fire crews say they are prepared, but are asking for citizen help as well. “What they should be doing is clearing away that fl ...

Another View: Enforce the Hazardous Vegetation Abatement Ordinance

As President Harry Truman was leaving office, he wondered out loud about the managerial skills of General Eisenhower, the incoming president, in the political world. “He’ll si ...

Didn’t 49 Fire teach Auburn a lesson?

As I drove up Highway 49 this weekend, all I could do was shake my head. What made me shake my head, you ask? The 6-foot-high growth of weeds and brush present in every lot and fi ...

Fire safety regulation approved

Auburn residents in high fire risk areas now have more opportunities to protect their land. City Council members approved changes to city code Monday night calling for the enforcem ...

High-risk areas might experience code change

Defensible space regulations could change for some residents living in high-risk fire areas. Fire Chief Mark D’Ambrogi explained a plan to City Council Monday night to alter ci ...

Defensible space a key to fire safety

Jerry Vice, owner of High Sierra Fire, has been helping homeowners create defensible space around their homes for 20 years. He frequently works with residences nestled in densely ...

Homeowner’s daughter motivation to cut his weeds

Mike Waddell has a very important reason to clear defensible space around his home. His 18-year-old daughter, Jamie, is a quadriplegic and he says any extra time he can give himse ...

Are we prepared?

If you recall about this time last year we were overwhelmed with acrid smoke in the air, our firefighting resources were stretched thin due to the thousands of wildfires statewide ...

So Cal fire ignites need to protect Auburn homes

Just as weather conditions are making it difficult for firefighters fighting a blaze in Santa Barbara, the Auburn area has the potential for the same type of problem. In preparat ...