Following a 15-percent increase in reported vegetation fires last year, the Richmond Fire Department is providing property owners with guidance on how to reduce risk.
Last year, the fire department responded to 63 reported vegetation fires, a 15-percent increase from 2015, according to the department.
That number could be reduced this year if property owners follow protective measures, including tending to dead and dying or thick and tall vegetation.
RFD is particularly concerned over untamed vegetation near residential and commercial properties.
“The Richmond Fire Department Prevention Services Division encourages residents to use this printable brochure as a guideline to assist in making their property fire safe for this summer season,” officials said.