Proposed Wording for CA PRC 4291

Public Resources Code 4291 does not address properties that are vacant lots within rural housing subdivisions. This addition to PRC 4291 would require vacant lot property owners to maintain their property accordance to PRC 4291 and reduce a public hazard in the rural communities in the state.

This proposal is to add the following section to Public Resources Code 4291:

 (a) A person who owns, leases, controls, operates, or maintains a vacant lot less than one acre within an established housing subdivision in, upon, or adjoining a mountainous area, forest-covered lands, brush-covered lands, grass-covered lands, or land that is covered with flammable material, shall at all times do all of the following:

(1) Remove all dead and dying woody surface and aerial fuels. 

(2) Remove all loose surface litter, normally consisting of fallen leaves or needles, twigs, bark cones and small branches above a depth of three inches (3 in.).

(3) All tree branches shall be trimmed up to a minimum height of six feet (6 feet). All trees adjacent to access roads, driveways shall be trimmed to a minimum height of ten feet.

(4) All fuels must be in accordance with the Fuel Separation or Continuous Tree Canopy guidelines. 

(5) All exposed wood piles must have a minimum of ten feet (10 feet) clearance to bare mineral soil, in all directions.

(6) All annual grasses and forbs must be cut less than four inches (4 in.).

(7) All logs and stumps embedded in the soil shall be removed or isolated from other vegetation and debris for a distance of ten feet (10 feet).

 (b) As used in this section, “person” means a private individual, organization, partnership, limited liability company, or corporation.

 (c) This section shall not apply to property outside of an established subdivision or property greater than one acre in size. (I.e. Woodlands, ranges, farms, ranches, etc.)

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