There is a great need for the use of Drones to identify high brush areas that need to be remove to reduce the risk of fire that can in danger property and lives. Drones can play a role of educating for the public on the potential hazards associated with a fast-moving brush fire, and the importance of keeping roadways clear and traffic moving. The fire service has learned from major fire incidents that clearing brush around access roads, homes, building and privately own property can lead to extremely dangerous situations and citizens have become trapped in their vehicles while evacuating a fire area that has led to dead and many catastrophes.
Drones have the ability to fly over areas that typically cannot be seen by land owners or fire inspectors. This important tactical fire prevention activity is the best method to reduce or alter and even stop the life of a fire.
HAZARDOUS VEGETATION REQUIREMENTS IN THE VERY HIGH FIRE HAZARD SEVERITY ZONE (VHFHS ZONE)
A. All grass and weeds within 200 feet of a structure shall be cut and maintained to a maximum height of 3 inches.
B. Native brush/shrubs shall be trimmed up from the ground ⅓ their height and have a minimum separation of 18 feet from any structure and other native shrubs.
C. Native shrubs shall not be planted within 10 feet of a combustible fence or roadway edge.
D. Maintain all grass and weeds within 10 feet of a combustible fence or edge of roadway to a maximum height of 3 inches.
E. Branches/foliage shall be trimmed up 5 feet from any roof surface.
F. Branches/foliage shall be trimmed back 10 feet from outlet of the chimney.