Governor Gets Tough on Weeds

Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger, today, instructed state fire officials to fine rural homeowners who fail to clear their properties of brush, trees and dry grass.

He's citing the dry conditions throughout the state as a sign that this year we could see more widespread fires.

A 2005 law required that homeowners who live near forests or grasslands increase the so-called "defensible space" around their houses from 30 feet to 100 feet.

Fines can range from $100 to $500. If homeowners still refuse, officials can clean up the property and send them the bill.


  1. Can the Governator do anything about my neighbor? The weeds are coming over the fence!