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AB-1067 Public lands: Department of Parks and Recreation: wildfire management plan: fire hazard severity zones.(2019-2020)

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Date Published: 04/30/2019 08:55 AM
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Amended  IN  Assembly  April 29, 2019

CALIFORNIA LEGISLATURE— 2019–2020 REGULAR SESSION

Assembly Bill
No. 1067


Introduced by Assembly Member Bigelow

February 21, 2019


An act to add Chapter 2.3 (commencing with Section 5390) to Division 5 of the Public Resources Code, relating to public lands.


LEGISLATIVE COUNSEL'S DIGEST


AB 1067, as amended, Bigelow. Public lands: Department of Parks and Recreation: wildfire management plan: wildland-urban interface. fire hazard severity zones.
Under existing law, the Department of Parks and Recreation controls the state park system, which is made up of units. Existing law also gives the department authority over, among other areas, state vehicular recreation areas, as provided, and makes the Director of Parks and Recreation responsible for planning and for the orderly development and operation of the California Recreational Trails System. Existing law requires the department to administer, protect, develop, and interpret the property under its jurisdiction for the use and enjoyment of the public.

Existing law requires the State Fire Marshal, in consultation with the Director of Forestry and Fire Protection and the Director of Housing and Community Development, to propose fire protection building standards, as provided, for buildings in fire hazard severity zones. Existing law makes these standards applicable to buildings in urban wildland interface communities, as defined.

Existing law requires the Director of Forestry and Fire Protection to identify areas in the state as very high fire hazard severity zones, as provided. Existing law also requires the director to classify lands within state responsibility areas into fire hazard severity zones, as provided.
This bill would require the Director of Parks and Recreation, no later than on or before January 1, 2023, to develop and implement a wildfire management plan for all property under the jurisdiction of the Department of Parks and Recreation that is in the wildland-urban interface, as defined. located within a fire hazard severity zone, as provided. The bill would require the wildfire management plan to outline the department’s fire prevention goals and future projects for prescribed fire, defensible space, fire resilient restoration projects, and the fire hardening of the department’s structures, among other things. The bill would require the department to post the wildfire management plan on its internet website.
Vote: MAJORITY   Appropriation: NO   Fiscal Committee: YES   Local Program: NO  

The people of the State of California do enact as follows:


SECTION 1.

 Chapter 2.3 (commencing with Section 5390) is added to Division 5 of the Public Resources Code, to read:
CHAPTER  2.3. Wildfire Management Plan for Property in Wildland-Urban Interface Fire Hazard Severity Zones
5390.

For purposes of this chapter, the term “wildland-urban interface” means the area where structures and other human development generally meet or intermingle with undeveloped wildland.

5391.

No later than

(d) The department shall post the wildfire management plan on its internet website.