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Cal Fire’s second-year fire prevention fee billing begins

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Fire prevention fee bills

to be mailed out

The California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (Cal Fire) has provided an updated billing schedule to the Board of Equalization for the 2012/2013 fire prevention fee bills.

The new bills are set to go out beginning the week of July 15. The bills will go to owners of record as of July 1, 2012, for homes in the 31 million acres of State Responsibility Area where Cal Fire is financially responsible for the prevention and suppression of wildfires. Bills will be mailed alphabetically by county, beginning with Alameda County.

In accordance with Assembly Bill X1 29, the fee provides a stable source of funding for vital fire prevention activities such as strategic fuel reduction activities, defensible space inspections, fire prevention engineering, emergency evacuation planning, fire prevention education, fire hazard severity mapping, implementation of the state and local fire plans and fire-related law enforcement activities such as arson investigations.

The governor’s 2013/2014 budget contains new funding for enhanced land-use planning, expanded vegetation management activities and additional defensible space inspectors.

For information, visit http://FirePreventionFee.org.

— The Union staff

Ex-Bay Area day care provider denied parole

CLAYTON — State parole officials have denied the release of a former San Francisco Bay Area day care provider. Eleanor Nathan was convicted in 1983 of killing a toddler and abusing dozens of young children at her unlicensed home day care centers.

Dozens of Nathan’s victims and families traveled to a Southern California women’s prison this week to protest at Nathan’s parole board hearing, the second since 2007.

Nathan was sentenced to 44 years to life in prison.

Wildfire in San Diego County chars 2,500 acres

JULIAN — Firefighters aided by water-dropping helicopters are battling a wildfire in San Diego County that has grown to 2,500 acres.

The blaze broke out Saturday afternoon in the Anza-Borrego desert nine miles southeast of Julian. It was 20 percent contained on Sunday.

Officials with the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection say four firefighters were treated for minor injuries.

— Associated Press

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