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.
In this episode:
- The wildland-urban interface
- California's wildfire history
- The Very High Fire Hazard Severity Zone
- Stringent local fire codes
Why is this 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.