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Amount of economic loss, including cost of fire suppression.


A road that has only one point of vehicular ingress/egress, including cul-de-sacs and looped roads.


By creating a fire safe landscape of at least 100 feet around your house, you will reduce the chance of a wildfire spreading onto your property and burning through to your home. This is the basis for creating a "defensible space" - an area that will help protect your home and provide a safety zone for the firefighters who are battling the flames. Clearing all flammable vegetation a minimum of 100 feet around your home and other structures will not only provide you with the greatest chance for survival, it is also required by California law.


An area either natural or manmade where material capable of causing a fire to spread unchecked has been treated, cleared, reduced or changed in order to act as barrier between the advancing wildfire and the loss to life, property or resources. This concept is vital for firefighter safety and provides the single significant element of protection of individual property owners. Adequate space (free from flammable vegetation) between structures and flammable vegetation, which allows firefighters a safe working area within which to attack an oncoming wildfire, or the area within the perimeter of a parcel, development, neighborhood or community where basic wildland fire protection practices and measures are implemented, providing the key point of defense from an approaching wildfire or defense against encroaching wildfires or escaping structure fires, or The perimeter as used in this regulation is the area encompassing the parcel or parcels proposed for construction and/or development, excluding the physical structure itself. The establishment and maintenance of emergency vehicle access, emergency water reserves, street names and building identification, and fuel modification measures characterize the area.


The uses to which the land, which is the subject of a map, shall be put, the buildings to be constructed on, and all alterations of the land and construction incident thereto (GC 66418.1).


Director of the Department of Forestry and Fire Protection or his/her designee.


A dozer strike team consists of two dozers, a dozer tender, and a leader (a dozer tender carries extra supplies such as oil, tools, etc.).


A vehicular access that serves no more than two buildings, with no more than three dwelling units on a single parcel, and any number of accessory buildings.


Partially decayed leaves, needles, grass or other organic material accumulated on the ground.


Any building or portion thereof which contains living facilities, including provisions for sleeping, eating, cooking and/or sanitation for not more than one family.


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