Facts Related to Weed Abatement
  • Discing is better than mowing if the soil can be churned to bury most of the vegetation. It is not always possible to disc, especially after it has become hot and dry. Cutting or mowing is still an improvement since by laying down the weeds a fire cannot breathe very well, will spread more slowly, and is easier to control.
  • By mid-summer, the most common reason that a property remains unabated is that the listed property owner for various reasons is not available (does not receive mail, is not local, deceased, institutionalized, bankrupt, etc..) . Taxes are often in default on such properties.
  • Alleys in Merced County are not rights of way and are not maintained by the County. If an alley in Merced County has any legal standing at all it is an easement for utilities. Property owners with property adjacent to alleys own the alley that is contiguous to their property up to the center line, and are responsible for maintenance, including weed abatement.
  • The Prevention Bureau inspects for weeds in the County areas immediately surrounding the southern part of the City of Merced and the Franklin / Beachwood area. The Prevention Bureau is very unlikely to know anything in particular about weeds on your property if it is in another area. There are 18 other County Fire Stations that send in weed abatement reports to the Prevention Bureau. These 18 stations have personnel on rotating shifts, so if you have any questions that are specific to your property, please contact the local fire station with the phone number on the post card or letter. Your cooperation is appreciated.
  • It is not always the case that an entire parcel must be abated. Parcels are required to be abated for a distance of 30' around property lines and significant buildings, so a large lot could have a significant area that falls outside these perimeters. In unusual cases of extreme fire hazard or special circumstances a 100' perimeter may be required by the Fire Marshal.