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Saturday, May 11, 2013

CAL FIRE Corrects SRA Maps 12,000 Acres Removed From CAL FIRE Protection Tax Billing #CALFIRE #CaFire

May 10, 2013 - On May 8, the California Board of Forestry approved changes proposed by CalFIRE that remove more than 12,000 acres of land from the State Responsibility Area (SRA). 
Spurred by the numerous petitions for redetermination from structure owners billed for the SRA fee, CalFIRE and Board staff began an in-depth, focused review process late in 2012 to investigate and possibly change the official boundaries of the SRA. During this review process, CalFIRE took input from various stakeholders - including RCRC - at Board of Forestry committee meetings to ultimately propose several changes to the current SRA lines.
As a result of the review, approximately 4,660 acres of land will be added to the SRA, while 17,502 acres will be removed, for a net of 12,842 acres subtracted from current SRA lands. The most common reasons for removal of lands from the SRA were cited as greater population/home density, conversion to agricultural uses, and incorporation of some areas.
 The new SRA boundaries will be used to determine SRA fee billing for the 2013-14 fiscal year, and owners of habitable structures in the land removed from the SRA will not receive a bill in 2014. The proposed changes were unanimously approved by the Board.
To view the changes to SRA lands, visit CalFIRE’s website:

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