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Wildland Management and Enforcement

Brush Management and Weed Abatement

"Chaparral" is the predominant native plant community in the canyons of Southern California. When adjacent to homes, brush management is required to protect the homes from wildfire. In February 2008, the Fire-Rescue Department expanded the Proactive Brush Management Program City wide. Door to door brush inspections are conducted of properties on canyon rim that have been identified in Proactive Brush Management program. Inspections of properties that are not within the program are performed on a complaint basis only.


See the boundary map below where door to door inspections are currently being conducted.

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Boundary Map March 2023

Review the following information on canyon fire safety, then, if merited, contact the Fire Hazard Advisor to make a brush management complaint at 619-533-4444.

Canyon Fire Safety

2018 Brush Management Video


The City of San Diego PDF icon Use of Goats for Brush Management Guide summarizes guidelines for the use of goats to maintain canyon brush.

Further information on the City of San Diego PDF icon Brush Management Policy and Landscape Standards was issued in June 2008 and revised in May 2010.
For alternative compliance requirements please see PDF icon Brush Mitigation Zones.

Information on fire resistant plants is available in the "Landscape Technical Manual." Contact City Publications at 619-446-5200.

Enforcement of brush management is based upon PDF icon Municipal Code Section 142.0412 - Brush Management (page 25).