Fire hazards are abundant due to the agro-centric economy in Merced County. Grasslands, grazing lands, grain fields and other crops produce thousands of tons of dry fuels which burn readily in dry summer months. This, coupled with high winds and multiple highways, put Merced County at a higher risk for vegetation and debris fires. Unfortunately, many of these fires have been known to spread into nearby structures and other outbuildings.
To prevent the spread of fire, property owners are expected to maintain a minimum of 30-foot disc, or 50-foot mowed, fire break around all buildings, structures, and property lines. Merced County Fire Department completes initial fire hazard inspections annually every spring.