Weed Abatement

Annual Weed Abatement Campaign
The Cosumnes Fire Department prides itself on our continuing efforts to reduce fire risks in Elk Grove and Galt by conducting an annual weed abatement campaign each fire season. This campaign typically runs from April - October, with the Notice to Abate Weeds mailed to property owners during the month of May.

Ordinance Requirements
The Weed Abatement Ordinance requires parcels of 2 acres or less to have weeds cut no higher than 2 inches tall. Parcels larger than 2 acres must have a 30-foot fire break around all structures. For further details, please reference Weed Abatement Guidelines.

Reducing Fire Hazards
Please note: The goal of the Cosumnes Fire Department is to reduce the risk of fire hazards only. Although some parcels may be unsightly, they might not constitute a fire hazard.

Fire hazards exist when overgrown weeds, brush, or trimmings are adjacent to, or could potentially threaten, structures such as dwellings, barns, storage buildings, or stored vehicles.

Complaint Submittal
All complaints to the Fire Prevention Bureau must be submitted on our Online Complaint Form, or through the Weed Abatement Hotline at 916-405-7115.

On-Site Inspection
An on-site inspection will be conducted to determine if the parcel requires weed abatement in order to protect nearby structures or wooden fences from fire.

Due to laws prohibiting illegal searches, all weed violations must be visible from the street. The Fire Prevention Bureau will not climb or look over fences, nor enter a residence or backyard to confirm weed complaints.

If the site is determined to be a fire hazard, the owner/tenant will be required to abate the hazard by discing / mowing, providing defensible space, or clearing brush or trimmings. Please use equipment in a safe and responsible manner. Visit the Prevent Wildfire California website for information on the safe use of equipment.