Today, June 15, is the deadline for residents and owners of properties in the city of Ashland to cut weeds to be in compliance with the city’s weed abatement ordinance.

Cutting weeds and grass short create the first line of defense from wildfire. Ashland Fire & Rescue reminds residents and property owners that cutting weeds and grasses to no more than 4 inches tall and keeping it short throughout the fire season will slow a fire if one should start on or spread to your property.

Cutting and maintaining weeds and grass to no more than 4 inches is required in the city of Ashland no later than June 15. If you own or rent property in the city of Ashland, here’s what needs to be done:

• Cut weeds and grass to no more than 4 inches in height no later than June 15;

• Maintain it at 4 inches by June 15 and throughout fire season;

This applies to your property, park rows (between sidewalk and street) and other right of way areas abutting your property. This includes space between the sidewalk and street along the edge of your property.

If your property is greater than one acre, you can create buffers of 15 feet around the property and driveways and 30 feet around homes and other buildings.

Failure to cut weeds and grass by June 15 may result in citations issued to landowners and/or tenants, plus a bill for abatement and administrative costs. Complaints about non-compliant properties will only be accepted in writing using the form on the city website beginning June 16.

Residents are encouraged to do their part to reduce the intensity of fires in the city of Ashland by cutting and keeping weeds and grass short.

Residents are also encouraged to maintain the watering of plants within 10 feet of homes in order to prevent the vegetation from dying and becoming a fire hazard.

For more information on weed abatement in the city of Ashland, see www.ashland.or.us/weedabatement.

During the 2016 weed abatement season, properties throughout the city were inspected. There were over 200 properties found to be out of compliance and were issued Notices to Abate issued. Three citations were issued to property owners for failing to abate the weeds, and the city abated the weeds and billed the property owner.