Hazard Reduction

Remember, Hazard Reduction Clearances are due by JUNE 15th

Dear Kern County Property Owner,

Please be advised, that in accordance with California State Public Resource Code 4291 and Kern County Ordinance Codes 17.34.010, 17.32.001, 17.34.010, and 8.46.010, all Kern County property owners whose properties are located in the State Responsibility Area (SRA) are required to perform hazard reduction clearance on property they own by June 15 of every year. If these requirements are not met, property owners will be issued a $250 Administrative Citation. Please visit our website at, www.kerncountyfire.org. Click on the Hazard Info tab, and view the Hazard Reduction information. It has valuable information showing how your property can pass inspection.

Starting on June 16, of each year, properties in the SRA will be inspected by the Kern County Fire Department. Properties that are in violation will have pictures taken as evidence, and will be issued a $250 Administrative Citation. If the cited property has still not been brought into compliance within 30 days of the mailing and issuance of the citation, the property owner may have an additional penalty of $500 applied to their property taxes. 

If you receive an Administrative Citation and want to “Request a Review” of the Citation, please go to www.kerncountyfire.org. From the Hazard Info tab, go to “Request for Review”. Fill out the form completely and email it to: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. You can mail the form to the above address, or call the Hazard Reduction office at 661-823-1001. THIS MUST BE DONE WITHIN 30 DAYS OF THE MAILING OF THE CITATION.  If the 30 day period passes without a dispute being filed and/or having no contact with the Fire Department Hazard Reduction office, the property owner will be responsible for the citation, and the $250/$500 fine will remain on their property taxes.

Kern County Fire Department Hazard Reduction Goal- To protect life and property by providing an effective public education and regulation program that reduces hazards resulting from improper and/or inadequate defensible spacing.

The Kern County Fire Department strives to be as accurate as possible in this process, but we realize mistakes can be made. The Department and the Hazard Reduction office will work with property owners to rectify any mistake made during the inspection process.

If you have any questions please call 661-823-1001 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

 

Hazard Reduction Providers

The following is a list of Hazard Reduction Service Providers available in your area, provided to you as a convenience.  The Kern County Fire Department  does not endorse nor recommend any particular individual on this list; the individuals may or may not be licensed or bonded.  We suggest that you contact several of the providers for estimates on the work to be done and any agreements entered into are solely between the provider and the property owner.  Please contact the fire station as soon as the work has been completed to obtain clearance.

     Kern River Valley            Tehachapi, Stallion Springs, Bear Valley           Frazier Park, Mt Pinos     

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