The California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (Cal Fire) has launched a Website to provide residents across the 31 million acres of State Responsibility Area (SRA) with information about the Fire Prevention Fee bills. The Board of Equalization began mailing the bills alphabetically by county on Aug. 13.
The Website, FirePreventionFee.org, contains comprehensive information about the fee and helpful links to maps, the law language, and answers to frequently asked questions. Beginning Aug. 6, a customer service Fire Prevention Fee call center will be staffed Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. (except holidays) to further aid homeowners that have questions regarding the bills. The call center number is 1-888-310-6447.
The fee, signed into law July 7, 2011, establishes and annual fee to pay for fire prevention services within the SRA. These services include brush clearance and activities to improve forest health so forests can better withstand the damaging effects of wildfire. Other fire prevention services funded by the fee include fire break construction, defensible space inspections, fire prevention engineering, emergency evacuation planning, fire prevention education, fire hazard severity mapping, implementation of the State Fire Plan (http://cdfdata.fire.ca.gov/fire_er/fpp_planning_cafireplan), and fire related law enforcement activities such as fire cause determination and arson investigation.