Editor’s note: This is from a Riverside County press release.

Notices of Violation and Order to Abate overgrown weeds, dry grasses and other flammable vegetation will be mailed to property owners of unimproved parcels within the unincorporated areas of Riverside County this week.

Pursuant to County Ordinances 695 and 772, property owners who receive a Notice of Violation and Order to Abate must clear their cited parcel(s) within 30 days, as per the requirements set forth in the notice.

Each year, Cal Fire/Riverside County Fire Department responds to wildland fires caused by improper equipment use. These fires are preventable. Property owners and/or contractors improperly using motorized equipment and conducting brush clearance too late in the day cause many of these types of fires, which are costly. Operators found to be negligent will be held liable for the costs associated with fire suppression. The guidelines can be found on Cal Fire’s website in English and Spanish.

For more information and/or assistance on hazardous vegetation abatement on a vacant parcel within the unincorporated areas, call 951-943-0640.

Visit www.readyforwildfire.org to begin your plan in protecting your family and home from damaging wildland fires.