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Help offered to residents clearing defensible space around homes

October 10, 2012

Creating defensible space around this outbuilding would include removing dead limbs from surrounding trees, pruning limbs that hang over the shed’s roof as well as removal of leaves and dried vegetation around the shed. File photo

Residents countywide are encouraged to get a jumpstart on fall clean-up projects this weekend, with a particular focus on making their properties less susceptible to the threat of fire.
Local fire-safe councils and fire departments are urging residents to take advantage of a special fee waiver at Inyo County landfills Saturday as they create “defensible space” around their homes and other buildings to help reduce potential fire hazards by trimming trees, shrubs and brush.
According to Inyo County Integrated Waste Management, residents can dispose of this “green waste” – yard waste, lawn clippings, leaves, pruned tree limbs, brush, small trees, tree trimmings, slash and tree stumps – for free at any county landfill or transfer station on Oct. 13.
The one-day free waiver, proposed by Fourth District Supervisor Marty Fortney, was approved by the Inyo County Board of Supervisors at its Oct. 2 meeting – the same day the board OK’d a proclamation declaring Oct. 7-13 as Fire Prevention Week in Inyo County.
The county will be working in conjunction with the Big Pine Fire Safe Council and Preferred Septic and Disposal to promote Fire Prevention Week by providing large, roll-off bins in and around Big Pine this Saturday, and allowing residents to drop off their “green waste” in the bins, free of any charge or fees.
By Saturday morning, the bins will be in place at the following locations:
• North of town at the Big Pine Animal Shelter area, (County Road near Reynolds Road);
• In town at Mendenhall Park (School Street and Baker Creek Road);
• South of town at the Big Pine Paiute Tribe’s Old Casino Building (Butcher Lane and Newman Street).
Again, residents throughout the county conducting clean-ups on their properties may dispose of green waste for free at all county landfills and transfer stations.
“Clearing brush and shrubs, dead or dry tree limbs, and overhanging branches from around homes and buildings is a critical component of creating a ‘defensible space’ around buildings which could help those buildings survive a wildfire or fast-moving structure fires,” a press release from the County of Inyo states. “Fire-safe councils have been working with CalFire crews and the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power in Big Pine, Independence and Lone Pine to educate homeowners about ‘fire-safe’ strategies for their properties and their communities.”
For more information about the fee waivers for green waste at county landfills, call the Integrated Waste Management Program at (760) 873-5577 or (760) 878-0200. For more information, about local fire-safe councils or how to create “defensible space” around a home or building, call CalFire at (760) 387-2565.

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