Moreno Valley has received above normal precipitation, which increases fuel moisture for the near future. At first glance heavy rain seems like a good thing, but can be quite dangerous during the fire season. A heavy precipitation year is typically more hazardous than a dry year. Vegetation grows quickly during the wet season, and when hot summer weather arrives, greenery will rapidly dry out and can become fuel for a fire. These "flashy fuels" often accelerate vegetation fires.
Clearing vegetation is extremely important to help mitigate vegetation overgrowth. Limiting fire risks and protecting the welfare of our residents and first responders is a high priority for the City of Moreno Valley.
The Moreno Valley Fire Prevention Team inspects and enforces the abatement of approximately 1,300 vacant parcels, which can pose a danger to the health and safety of residents and first responders. The primary function of the Hazard Abatement Program is to reduce the risk of fires within the community by pro-actively establishing defensible space and reducing/ removing combustible materials on properties.
Notices have been sent to landowners detailing the requirements for abatement and informing them of the upcoming inspections that will begin on April 15, 2019. To reduce the risk of wildfires, it is imperative that landowners limit the amount of combustible fuel on their parcels. Any questions regarding the Hazard Abatement Program can be addressed to the Fire Prevention Bureau at 951.413.3381.