David Witt
Fire Chief & Director of Emergency Services

Kern County Fire Department - Hazard Reduction

20569 Eumatilla Street
Tehachapi, CA 93561
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Phone: 661-823-1001


Annual Courtesy Reminder

To all Kern County Property Owners,

You are receiving this notice as a courtesy reminder being sent to all property owners within the County of the upcoming clearance deadline and requirements for fire hazard reduction. This is NOT a citation and does not require any response. If you own or are responsible for more than one property you will only be receiving one of these reminders.

In accordance with Kern County Ordinance Codes within Chapter 8.46, all Kern County property owners whose properties are located within State Responsibility Area’s (SRA) are required to perform fire hazard reduction clearance on all property they own by June 1st of every year. No extensions will be grated beyond this date. If you are unsure whether your property falls within this area, you can locate it using the lookup tool on the Cal Fire website at https://bof.fire.ca.gov/projects-and-programs/state-responsibility-area-viewer/ . The Fire Department does not have the ability to look up individual properties. It is your responsibility, as the property owner, to determine if your property is in the SRA. Hazard Reduction requirements only apply if your property has a structures on it or if you have vacant lot where there is a structure on an adjoining property with 100 feet of your property line. Vacant lots without a structure within 100 feet of your property line do not require clearance at this time.

Failure to meet these requirements by June 1 will result in a minimum $500 Administrative Citation. If a citation is issued in order to not receive additional fines, the owner of the property will be given 15 calendar days from the mailing date of the citation to either dispute the citation or show proof the violation(s) was/were corrected. After the 15 calendar day period, the property owner may be subject to an additional $1000 fine for continued non-compliance.

The goal of the Kern County Fire Department’s Fire Hazard Reduction Program is to protect life and property by providing an effective public education and regulation program that reduces hazards resulting from improper and/or inadequate defensible spacing. This reduction of hazards increases firefighter and public safety, as well as improves our ability to protect your property in the event of a fire.

For more information, please visit our website at www.kerncountyfire.org and click on the Hazard Info tab to view the Hazard Reduction guidelines, Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs), a list of Fire Hazard Reduction Service Providers for your area and other helpful links with valuable information on how you can ensure your property passes inspection.

(Revised 3/20/20)

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