The Glendale Fire Department also sent out notices to abate fire hazards and conduct inspections. Residents receive via mail a second notice to abate; 15 days later the department conducts another inspection. If the brush is still not cleared, abatement arrangements are made by the fire department. Homeowners are responsible for any costs incurred by Los Angeles County crews as well as any other fines levied.
After this week's Griffith Park fire, Glendale Fire Department sent out a notice assuring city residents that the fire department, according to Chief Christopher Gray, is well prepared and equipped to manage these types of catastrophic incidents and emergencies. "Community and homeowner support is critical to saving lives and property within our local neighborhoods during wildfires," Gray stated in a press release issued May 9.
Gray also emphasized the importance of abatement to open defensible space, stating that is key to firefighting.
"Preplanning neighborhoods as well as preparing homes and property for the inevitable fires we endure each year is significant and will provide firefighters a fighting chance," stated Gray.