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Vegetation Management

Starting April 1, 2021!

The County will begin defensible space inspections in new areas identified as County Emphasis Areas (CEAs)

The inspection zones listed below are the areas in which the County will primarily focus their defensible space inspection efforts for 2021. Additional information below includes the CEAs for 2020 in which work continues by the County Defensible Space Inspectors. 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

NEW! Inspections start April 1, 2021 in CEAs identified for 2021. Inspections may occur any time on or after this date. The information contained in maps is approximate. Actual inspections may occur on roads not highlighted on the maps.

      Copy of letter mailed to residents in the 2021 CEA - click to view


     CEA MAPS:

What to expect when we're inspecting? Use the following links:

County Defensible Space Inspectors will also be continuing work in the Inspection Zones identified in 2020:

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.