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Thursday, May 9, 2013

CAL FIRE: What is the State Responsibility Area (SRA)? State Responsibility Area Viewer,

What is the State Responsibility Area (SRA)?

The State Responsibility Area (SRA) is the area of the state where the State of California is financially responsible for the prevention and suppression of wildfires. SRA does not include lands within city boundaries or in federal ownership.

To see if a parcel is within the SRA enter in the parcel address in the BOF's State Responsibility Area Viewer. 
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This data viewer is provided as a service to assist landowners in determining if their property may fall within State Responsibility Area (SRA).



About the Fire Prevention Fee

The State Responsibility Area (SRA) Fire Prevention Benefit Fee was enacted following the signing of Assembly Bill X1 29 in July 2011. The law approved the new annual Fire Prevention Fee to pay for fire prevention services within the SRA. The fee is applied to all habitable structures within the SRA.

The fee is levied at the rate of $150 per habitable structure, which is defined as a building that can be occupied for residential use. Owners of habitable structures who are also within the boundaries of a local fire protection agency will receive a reduction of $35 per habitable structure.

This fee will fund a variety of important fire prevention services within the SRA including brush clearance around communities on public lands, along roadways and evacuation routes; and activities to improve forest health so the forest can better withstand wildfire.

Update: CAL FIRE is working closely with the Board of Equalization (BOE) to develop an updated billing schedule. Once the billing schedule is updated BOE will post it at the fire prevention fee media resources page.

State Responsibility Area Viewer

The State Responsibility Area Viewer allows users to view the spatial distribution of SRA at different scales and for different areas of the state. It can also be used to search for a specific address to help determine if someone is in or out of SRA.
Disclaimer

This data viewer is provided as a service to assist landowners in determining if their property may fall within State Responsibility Area (SRA). SRA boundaries are those adopted by the Board of Forestry and Fire Protection in January, 2011, updated to reflect automatic changes as of July 1, 2011. They are the official boundaries recognized by the Board of Forestry and Fire Protection to define the areas where CAL FIRE has financial responsibility for fire suppression and prevention.

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