Each year, Santee's Code Enforcement Division conducts a citywide fire prevention program to identify properties that are overgrown with dead weeds and/or dry grass. These activities are conducted by Fire Prevention Services, Inc., the city’s authorized abatement contractor. When a property owner receives an abatement notice, it is important to respond immediately by clearing the hazard from your property. Santee is surrounded by brush-covered hillsides. Should a wildfire occur, the action you have taken to create a defensible space on your property will greatly reduce the risk of fire and may save your home.
When you receive an abatement notice and you don't understand what you need to do, call Fire Prevention Services at (866) 779-3774. They can assist you in making your property fire safe and will explain what clearing you will need to do. You may also obtain additional information on the requirements by viewing the weed abatement ordinance:
Landowners who notice the existence of a rare, threatened or endangered plants or wildlife on the property to be cleared must notify the Department of Fish and Game at least ten (10) days in advance of undertaking the vegetation clearance. If the landowner is aware of any State or Federal listed species on the property, then the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and the Department of Fish and Game should be notified prior to abatement. If a State or Federal candidate or listed species is killed, injured or captured, the landowner shall report this information to the Department of Fish and Game or U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, respectfully. If you suspect you may have species of coastal sage or known Gnatcatcher habitat on your property or are in question, a permit from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife may be required prior to clearing. Contact the U.S. Fish and Wildlife at (760) 431-9440.