CSAC Bulletin Article

Board of Forestry & Fire Protection to Undertake Comprehensive Fire Safe Regulations Overhaul

November 5, 2020

The California Board of Forestry and Fire Protection has started the process of making significant changes to the State’s Fire Safe Regulations as required under SB 901 (Dodd 2018). CSAC is closely monitoring the ongoing development of these regulations; however we strongly encourage counties to review this power point that lays out major changes to the regulations and to sign up for notifications and updates from the Board here.

These changes are likely to have a major impact on counties and communities across California. Changes to the current regulations are likely to include:

  • Expansion of applicability from beyond the State Responsibility Areas to include Very High Fire Hazard Zones, including in VHFHZ in Local Responsibility Areas (LRAs)
  • Changes to road standards for emergency access and egress
  • Changes to signage practices
  • Changes to rules around private water supply reserves and regulations for fuel breaks and greenbelts.

The Board currently intends to hold two public workshops on November 18th and November 24th to acquire input from the public on proposed changes. The Board has not yet released draft text of the proposed changes, but CSAC will continue to monitor for the release of this draft text. If you have any questions or comments regarding this rulemaking please email Nick Cronenwett at ncronenwett@counties.org.

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