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An exception or alternative with the capability of applying accepted wildland fire suppression strategies and tactics, and provisions for firefighter safety, including: a) access for emergency wildland fire equipment; b) safe civilian evacuation; c) signing that avoids delays in emergency equipment response; d) available and accessible water to effectively attack wildfire or defend a structure from wildfire; and e) fuel modification sufficient for civilian and firefighter safety.


Schedule A (Local Government Pays for CAL FIRE Services). Public Resources Code 4142 allows CAL FIRE to provide fire protectioin/emergency services to local governments under contracts.


A device that traps or pulverized exhaust carbon particles to a size below 0.023 inch in diameter, as they are expelled from an exhaust system. A spark arrester system includes the following components: Internal, combustion engine, internal parts, external parts (bumper spikes, wrap-around handle bar, chain brakes, covers, muffler, and spark arrester).


Any person, agency or organization with a particular interest – a stake – in fire safety and protection of assets from wildland fires.


A nine-member board appointed by the Governor, which is responsible for developing the general forest policy of the State, for determining the guidance policies of the Department of Forestry and Fire Protection, and for representing the State’s interest in federal land in California.


The State Board of Forestry and Fire Protection classifies areas in which the primary financial responsibility for preventing and suppressing fires is that of the state. These include: lands covered wholly or in part by timber, brush, undergrowth or grass, whether of commercial value or not; lands which protect the soil from erosion, retard run-off of water or accelerated percolation; lands used principally for range or forage purposes; lands not owned by the Federal government; and lands not incorporated. By Board regulations, unless specific circumstances dictate otherwise, lands are removed from SRA when housing densities average more than 3 units per acre over an area of 250 acres. CAL FIRE has SRA responsibility for the protection of over 31 million acres of California´s privately-owned wildlands.


Areas of the State in which the financial responsibility of preventing and suppressing fires has been determined by the State Board of Forestry pursuant to PRC 4125, to be primarily the responsibility of the State (PRC 4102).


That which is built or constructed, an edifice or building of any kind, or any piece of work artificially built up or composed of parts joined together in some definite manner.


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