Morning Report: Local Fire Departments Turn to a Controversial Private Company


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Brush helps spread wildfires, threatening homes and endangering lives. That’s why San Diego fire officials urge landowners to follow rules that require homes and roadways be clear of tall grass, weeds and debris.

But many local fire departments don’t actually have the staff to enforce such rules, reports VOSD’s Ry Rivard. They’ve turned to a private company, Fire Prevention Services, to enforce rules requiring homes to be clear of flammable grass and debris that can fuel wildfires.

If landowners don’t act, the company removes the debris itself – and sends a bill. Over the past two decades, the company has put liens on over 250 properties across the county, Rivard finds, meaning people had to pay the company in order to keep current on their property taxes or in order to sell their property.

“They’re basically, you know, roving tow truck operators that try to catch people doing the wrong…

Original published: 2019-05-23 11:30:49 Read the full San Diego News here

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