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Cut the grass for fire season

 Posted: 1:30 PM June 10, 2013

As summer temperatures rise, Ashlanders are required to keep weeds and grass cut short.

City ordinance requires grass to be cut and maintained at 4 inches or shorter after June 15, Ashland Fire & Rescue officials noted in a reminder sent this week.

The rule applies to property, park rows and other right-of-way areas abutting property. Lots larger than one acre can have mowed buffers of 15 feet around the property and driveways and 30 feet around homes.

Fire officials said that during last year's fire season, more than 840 weed abatement inspections were completed. While 472 properties were found in compliance on the first inspection, 184 notices to abate were issued, which cost almost $1,000 to mail and each required at least two inspections. Citations were issued to owners and tenants at two properties which failed to mow last summer, fire officials said.

Read more about the rules at www.ashland.or.us/weedabatement. After June 15, neighbors also can file complaints at that site.


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