Resources Code 4291 Any person that owns, leases, controls,
operates, or maintains any building or structure in, upon, or
adjoining any mountainous area or forest-covered lands, brush-covered
lands, or grass-covered lands, or any land which is covered
with flammable material, shall at all times do all of the following:
around and adjacent to such building or structure a firebreak
made by removing and clearing away, for a distance of not less
than 30 feet on each side thereof or to the property line, whichever
is nearer, all flammable vegetation or other combustible growth.
This subdivision does not apply to single specimens of trees,
ornamental shrubbery, or similar plants which are used as ground
cover, if they do not form a means of rapidly transmitting fire
from the native growth to any building or structure.
around and adjacent to any such building or structure additional
fire protection or firebreak made by removing all brush, flammable
vegetation, or combustible growth which is located from 30 feet
to 100 feet from such building or structure or to the property
line, whichever is nearer, as may be required by the director
if he finds that, because of extra hazardous conditions, a firebreak
of only 30 feet around such building or structure is not sufficient
to provide reasonable fire safety. Grass and other vegetation
located more than 30 feet from such building or structure and
less than 18 inches in height above the ground may be maintained
where necessary to stabilize the soil and prevent erosion.
that portion of any tree which extends within 10 feet of the outlet
of any chimney or stovepipe.
any tree adjacent to or overhanging any building free of dead
or dying wood.
the roof of any structure free of leaves, needles, or other dead
and maintain at all times a screen over the outlet of every chimney
or stovepipe that is attached to any fireplace, stove, or other
device that burns any solid or liquid fuel. The screen shall be
constructed of nonflammable material with openings of not more
than one-half inch in size.
as provided in Section 18930 of the Health and Safety Code, the
director may adopt regulations exempting structures with exteriors
constructed entirely of nonflammable materials, or conditioned
upon the contents and composition of same, he may vary the requirements
respecting the removing or clearing away of flammable vegetation
or other combustible growth with respect to the area surrounding
No such exemption or variance shall apply unless and until the
occupant thereof, or if there be no occupant, then the owner thereof,
files with the department, in such form as the director shall
prescribe, a written consent to the inspection of the interior
and contents of such structure to ascertain whether the provisions
hereof and the regulations adopted hereunder are complied with
at all time.
2000 State of California. Gray Davis, Governor.