HAYWARD -- Firefighters will train hillside residents how to reduce fire risk around their homes Saturday.

The hills are even more vulnerable to wildfires this summer because of the drought, but there are things homeowners can do to protect their property. Tips include keeping landscaping near houses to a minimum, having only fire-resistant plants within 30 feet of a building, not allowing tree branches to touch or overhang a structure and clearing brush at least 100 feet from any building.

The Hayward Fire Department received a grant to improve wildfire safety in the Hayward hills and Fairview areas. In addition to the training, the grant will allow residents and firefighters to identify and rank community projects to reduce fire hazards. The grant will pay for projects ranked highest and a chipping service for those who do their own brush removal work, said fire spokesman Don Nichelson.

The training will be 10 a.m. to noon Saturday at Stonebrae Elementary School Multipurpose Room, 28761 Hayward Blvd. The meeting is for Hayward and Fairview residents who live in the hills.

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

-- Rebecca Parr, Staff