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Vegetation Management

The County will begin defensible space inspections in areas identified as the County Emphasis Areas (CEA) beginning in June 2020.


It should be noted that these are the areas in which the County will primarily focus their defensible space inspection efforts for 2020. Defensible space inspections will occur throughout the County by many other fire prevention partners, including but not limited to: CAL FIRE, local fire districts, Tahoe Fire and Fuels Teams, and others. The information on this page is specific to County defensible space inspections.

County Emphasis Areas (CEAs) are the areas designated by the County for focused, proactive defensible space inspections. The CEAs are identified annually in collaboration with CAL FIRE using a combination of the following criteria/methodology:

  • Very High Fire Hazard Severity Zone rating
  • Call volume to a specific area
  • Structural density of an area
  • Ingress and egress in an area
  • Fire history and/or ignition patterns
  • Prevailing weather patterns
  • Wildland Urban Interface (WUI)
  • Topography
  • Existing defensible space inspection (Public Resources Code 4291) data
In February 2020, the County identified two (2) CEAs to conduct defensible space inspections. Click here for the Inspection Calendar.
  • Johntown/Garden Park area in Garden Valley - click for map
  • Sly Park area in Pollock Pines - click for map
  • Community meetings will be conducted in these areas to assist residents to achieve compliance with the ordinance
    • Cool/Pilot Hill Fire Safe Council Meeting - February 20, 2020, 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
    • Garden Park Homeowners' Association - March 4, 2020, 7:00 pm at the Garden Valley Fire Department, 4860 Marshall Road, Garden Valley
    • Pollock Pines Fire Safe Council - Town Hall Meeting via Zoom, May 14, 2020
    • Gold Ridge Forest Fire Safe Council - TBD
    • Sierra Springs Fire Safe Council - TBD

Resources for Residents

The following are a list of resources for residents living in areas identified for proactive defensible space inspections.

For more information, please visit the Frequently Asked Questions page.