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Any building used as an accessory to residential, commercial, recreational, industrial, or educational purposes as defined in the latest adopted edition of the California Building Code, Group U, Division I, Occupancy that requires a building permit.


Land used for agricultural purposes as defined in a local jurisdiction’s zoning ordinance.


Air attack planes fly over an incident, providing tactical coordination with the incident commander on the ground, and directing airtankers and helicopters to critical areas of a fire for retardant and water drops. CAL FIRE uses the OV-10As for its air attack missions.


CAL FIRE uses its S-2T airtankers for fast initial attack delivery of fire retardant on wildland fires. The S-2T carries 1200 gallons of retardant and has a crew of one – the pilot.


"Amador Plan´ (Local Government Pays CAL FIRE for Services During Winter/Non-Fire Season). This allows local agencies to contract with CAL FIRE for local agency fire protection services during the "non-fire" season period.


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