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Beginning this week, inspectors from CAL FIRE (the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection) will be conducting defensible space inspections in Nevada, Yuba and Placer counties.
Defensible space inspections are supported by the State Responsibility Area (SRA) Fire Prevention Fee, which is an annual fee assessed to rural residents for fire prevention services in the SRA. The Fire Prevention Fee resulted from a law signed by Governor Brown in 2011 which imposed a fee to residents owning habitable structures in the SRA. The Fire Prevention Fee is dedicated to support fire prevention activities throughout the 31 million acres of SRA in California.
California Public Resources Code 4291 requires homeowners living in State Responsibility Area to maintain 100 feet of defensible space around structures. CAL FIRE inspectors will be educating residents and evaluating properties to make sure they are in compliance with state law.
For more information on Defensible Space, visit www.ReadyForWildfire.org.