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State fire marshall: clear brush or get cited

Property owners can expect a knock on their doors by fire inspectors this summer because of an increased state-wide effort to make communities safe from wildfire, the state fire marshall said Thursday.

“We’re trying as quickly as we can to beef up inspections,” State Fire Marshall Kate Dargan said at a meeting of the Regional Council of Rural Counties in Grass Valley.

This year’s high fire risk led Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger to issue an executive order to increase the number of inspectors on the ground enforcing a 100-foot defensible space around homes.



Homeowners could “theoretically” get citations if they don’t comply with recommendations after four visits by fire personnel, Dargan said.

All new homes constructed in fire hazard zones must comply with fire safe building standards by January 2009.




The new building codes are available for review at the California website link: http://www.calfire.ca.gov. The site includes maps of fire hazard zones and methods to make homes fire safe.


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