Friday, June 30, 2017

Red Car Property South: Really Needs Brush Clearance

Photo: Red Car Properrty Neighbor, June 30, 2017.  After the 2016 Silver Lake Fire, you'd think the Red Car Property owner would clear the brush by May 1, like responsible hillside property owners.  Nope.  Nor did a number of neighboring properties on Silver Ridge Ave, Lake View Ave and one on Corralitas Drive bother with brush clearance.  (Click on photos to enlarge.)
Photo: Red Car Property Neighbor, June 30, 2017.  When the slopes are so steep you can't see them from above, it's a clue you need to clear the dry brush and arundo from your lot. 
Photo: Red Car Property Neighbor, June 30, 2017.  The fire was spread by the dry grass on the Red Car Property and in particular, by the dry brush  and dry Eucalyptus on steep slopes.  This year, the dry brush is much taller and more dense than before the fire.

According to CD13, the Red Car Property owner was cited by LAFD.  Then why hasn't it been cleared yet?  Red Tagged? Neighbors on Corralitas and Silver Ridge received citations, dated last week, from LAFD, for failure to clear minor piles of debris their brush clearance guys failed to remove.  More than one remedied the hazard immediately.  Yet, these persistent non-compliant lots put everyone in the neighborhood at risk.  It's the same lots, year after year.

Illegal fireworks have been exploding in the neighborhood since the end of May.  In February, when it was clear we were having a big rain year,  I began reminding CD13 we would have explosive brush conditions on the Red Car Property.  Other neighbors have also been reminding CD13 and LAFD's Brush Unit of the hazardous conditions.   We're still looking for the Red Tags.

Send your concerns about the dry brush, homeless camps, unrestricted vehicle access or any other nuisance on the Red Car Property to in CD13.  Be sure to include your name, street address and phone number.

4th of July is Tuesday.  Call 911 if you see smoke or fire in the neighborhood.  If you think you smell fire, go outside and walk around your house and investigate the source.  It's a good idea to become familiar with the neighborhood streets,  Due to the steep topography, you are more likely to see a fire on another street than the neighbors right there.  For instance, I had to learn how to direct the LAFD dispatch to an obscure spot on the LA River because I was often the first to report fires caused by the homeless camp on a portion of Parcel G  in Taylor Yard.  There's no excuse now with 3-D maps on your phone.  Take a few minutes this weekend and learn the streets you have a view of from your house, so you can help save the neighborhood if there's a fire.

I've written ad nauseum about brush clearance.  Click here for all our brush clearance posts.