Starting in the first week of April, property owners of vacant lots will be receiving notices of Weed Abatement Correction for any parcels they own within the District. The District will NOT be providing contractor services during the 2017 season. All vacant lot owners are responsible for their own mitigation efforts. A list of licensed weed abatement contractors is available at the link below. The District may issue a citation on all vacant parcels that have not been cleared of combustible vegetation (weeds over 12” in height, sage brush, chapparal, poison oak, etc.) after June 1, 2017.
Defensible Space Clearance
With fire season approaching, it’s time to begin thinking about creating “Defensible Space” around your home. Defensible space is an area adjacent to your home where the vegetation has been modified to reduce the wildfire threat and to provide an area where firefighters can effectively defend your property. For more information on creating your defensible space, please see the publication "Living With Fire" at the link provided, or click the photo to the right of this article.
Burn Season Ending April 30, 2017
The Backyard Burn season is coming to a close on Sunday, April 30, 2017. No burning will be allowed after this date, until the season opens again in December 2017. For those wanting to burn in the month of April, burn permits are available at our Administration Office, during normal business hours (8 a.m.-12 p.m. & 1 a.m.-5 p.m., Monday through Friday).
Public Hearing Notice
The Board of Directors of the Aptos/La Selva Fire Protection District will consider adopting a proposed resolution establishing fees for permits and services. If adopted, the revised fees are anticipated to be effective July 1, 2017. Copies of all related documents are available for review during regular business hours at the District Administrative Office.
The District will hold a Public Hearing to discuss this proposed Resolution at the Regular Board Meeting scheduled on Thursday, April 13, 2017, at 7:00 p.m., or as soon thereafter as possible. The meeting will be held in the upstairs Multi-Purpose room at Aptos/La Selva Fire Protection District Administrative Office, located at 6934 Soquel Drive, Aptos, CA 95003. All interested persons are invited to be present and be heard. Written communications may be directed to: Aptos/La Selva Fire Protection District Board of Directors, 6934 Soquel Drive, Aptos, CA 95003. For further information, contact Trevor Dirksen, Division Chief, Fire Marshal, at (831) 685-6690.
CERT Classes for April-May
Are you prepared for the next big disaster? Santa Cruz County CERT Council offers Community Emergency Response Team training for neighborhood groups, individuals and businesses wanting to learn disaster preparedness skills for earthquakes, floods, large fires and other natural and man-made disaster situations. New classes are open in Aptos in April and May, starting April 26, 2017. For a full schedule of courses and information on how to sign up, visit www.santacruzcountycert.org.