City of Bend Code Enforcement Flammable Vegetation Program
The mission of the Flammable Vegetation and Noxious Weed Programs is to gain voluntary compliance. It is essential all residents in the city limits work together to prevent wild fire on their property as well as the spread of noxious weeds.
It is the responsibility of every property owner and/or the person in charge of property to reduce potentially flammable weeds, grass, vines, brush and other vegetation on their property. Reducing flammable vegetation works to confine fire to the property and prevent the fire from spreading to a neighboring property.
Reduction can be completed by cutting or removing flammable or potentially flammable vegetation as close to the ground as is reasonably practical or by the application of an EPA approved herbicide. If an herbicide is used, it is best to do so after cutting the vegetation. If flammable vegetation is within the adjacent right of way, it is the property owner’s responsibility to remove the flammable vegetation.
Any tax lot of a half-acre (21,780 sq. ft.) or less is required to remove all potentially flammable vegetation on the property. Any tax lot greater than a half-acre (21780 sq. ft.) shall establish and maintain a 20 ft. fuel break along the entire perimeter of the property, including the right of way or easements. The fuel breaks will need to be located along the boundaries of the property and also around any structures, trees, power poles, vehicles or other improvements on the property. To read the entire Flammable Vegetation Code, please refer to the City’s Nuisance Ordinance.
Maximum penalty is $750 a day per lot.
The above pictures are from a fire that burned during the summer of 2012. The picture on the left shows a tree that had not been limbed up to create defensible space around it. As you can see, the tree easily caught on fire and burned the majority of the tree. The picture on the right was properly limbed, did not burn, and therefore did not contribute to the growth of this fire. This is a great example of how important it is to properly limb trees.
For more information on Flammable Vegetation or to make a complaint, please contact Julie Craig at (541) 388-5527, email firstname.lastname@example.org or submit a Code Enforcement Complaint Form.