San Diego Homes Most At Risk For Fires

The fire hazard map for San Diego is nearly all red zones, which signifies very high fire danger.

The city proactively assesses about 40,000 of the most at risk properties to ensure brush and weeds are properly cut and managed to reduce fire risk. City staff also respond to brush complaints residents submit.

This database allows you to search properties the city checks for vegetation-related fire risks. Fire officials say the vast majority are assessed proactively rather than checked after a complaint.

To submit a complaint to the city, click here or call (619) 533-4444.

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Read related: Fire risks tied to homelessness in San Diego’s canyons leave residents on edge

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Fire risks tied to homelessness in San Diego’s canyons leave residents on edge

By Mary Plummer | inewsource.org

Look at the fire hazard map for San Diego, and it’s nearly all red zones. 

San Diego’s landscape is dotted with hillside developments — old and new — that border scenic canyons and nature parks. The red on the map includes those brush-filled areas and signifies a very high fire danger.

The city fire department estimates the risk is highest for about 40,000 homes and vacant lots that sit along those canyon rims and slopes, from Cabrillo Canyon in Balboa Park to Tecolote Canyon in Clairemont to North Chollas Canyon in Oak Park.  

Brush and overgrown vegetation have long created fire risks in San Diego and at all times of the year, but the situation has been exacerbated as the city grapples with a large, unsheltered homeless population, some of whom use the canyons as their home.

Fire incident call records obtained by inewsource prove the point: For the first nine months of this year, 11 percent of those calls mentioned homeless encampments.

Read the full story here.

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