Annual Courtesy Reminder


To all Kern County Property Owners,

You are receiving this notice as a courtesy reminder being sent to all property owners within the County of the upcoming clearance deadline and requirements for fire hazard reduction. This is not a citation and does not require any response. Please read the information carefully and adhere to all expectations to avoid incurring costly fines.

 In accordance with Kern County Ordinance Codes within Chapter 8.46, all Kern County property owners whose properties are located within State Responsibility Area’s (SRA) are required to perform fire hazard reduction clearance on all property they own by June 1 of every year. If you are unsure whether your property falls within this area, you can locate it using the lookup tool on the Cal Fire website at Failure to meet these requirements can result in a minimum $500 Administrative Citation. Inspection of these properties will begin June 2 of each year and can continue throughout the year as necessary. If a citation is issued, the owner of the property will be given 15 days from the mailing date of the citation to either dispute the citation or show proof the violation was corrected. After the 15 day period, the $500 fee will be assessed and the property owner may be subject to an additional $1000 fine for continued noncompliance.

The goal of the Kern County Fire Department’s Fire Hazard Reduction Program is 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. This reduction of hazards increases firefighter and public safety, as well as improves our ability to protect your property in the event of a fire.

For more information, please visit our website at and click on the Hazard Info tab to view the Hazard Reduction guidelines, Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ), a list of Fire Hazard Reduction service providers for your area and helpful links for valuable information on how you can ensure your property passes inspection.

(Revised 5/3/19)

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