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Apr 24, 2014 1:54 PM by ASSOCIATED PRESS

Ventura County issues brush clearance notices

CAMARILLO, Calif. (AP) - More than 15,000 weed-abatement notices have been sent to owners of Ventura County properties in the so-called wildland urban interface.

The county Fire Department said this week that the notices have been sent as wildfire danger remains high and another dry summer is expected.

Owners of properties that border areas of natural vegetation are required to clear weeds and brush to 100 feet from structures by June 1.

Capt. Mike Lindbery says this creates defensible space, allowing firefighters to get between structures and an advancing wildfire.

Lindbery says the effectiveness of the program was shown by the outcome of last year's huge Springs Fire, in which all 4,000 threatened homes were saved.

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