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Hayward: How to protect homes in drought

HAYWARD — The drought has dried out the area, making the hill areas even more vulnerable to wildfires.

To help hillside residents be prepared, Hayward firefighters are holding a “defensible space” training June 28. Defensible space is a term used to take measures to reduce fire hazards around a building, such as a home.

Though no house, especially in the hills, is fireproof, there are things homeowners can do to reduce fire risk, such as keeping landscaping near their houses to a minimum and only having fire-resistant plants 30 feet out from a structure, not allowing any tree branches to touch a building, and  clearing dry brush at least 100 feet from any structure.

The training will be 10 a.m. to noon Saturday, June 28, at Stonebrae Elementary School Multipurpose Room, 28761 Hayward Blvd. Hayward and Fairview residents are invited to attend.

For questions, contact the Hayward Fire Department at 510-583-4900.

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