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Very High Fire Hazard Severity Zones

Conditions of terrain steepness, fuel loading and dry winds create a potential to spread a wildfire. Once ignited, fighting wildfires is made more difficult by an inadequate water supply, narrow roads, evacuation congestion, and other factors. Where California’s fire service (CAL FIRE) defines a very high wildfire threat within a municipal jurisdiction, local codes impose certain fire safety duties on property owners that must be disclosed on sale.

Hosted by Geologist Patrick McClellan, B.Sc., M.A., CA PG# 3854

In this episode:

• The wildland-urban interface
• California’s wildfire history
• The Very High Fire Hazard Severity Zone
• Stringent local fire codes


Why this is important

• These are wildfire zones in a county or city jurisdiction.
• Local fire safety codes may require certain property improvements. Buyers are advised to consult with the local planning department prior to closing escrow.
• Disclosure to a buyer is required under state law if a property is in this zone.
• The county or city General Plan Safety Element may provide maps of additional fire hazards.
•This disclosure is included in First American NHD and JCP-LGS disclosure reports.


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