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Tuesday, February 21, 2012

USFS: Forest Service increases mandatory brush clearance requirement

 The U.S. Forest Service has increased the mandatory brush clearance requirement for homes and structures inside national forests.

The change comes at the request of Los Angeles County supervisors, who raised concerns about brush clearance after the Station Fire killed two firefighters, destroyed 89 homes and scorched 160,000 acres in 2009.

Property owners must now clear at least 100 feet of brush surrounding their land, instead of 30 feet.
CAL FIRE and Los Angeles County already requires homeowners to clear at least 100 feet around their properties.
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