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AB-1512 Forest practices: burning of brush-covered lands.(2021-2022)

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Date Published: 02/20/2021 04:00 AM
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CALIFORNIA LEGISLATURE— 2021–2022 REGULAR SESSION

Assembly Bill
No. 1512


Introduced by Assembly Member Bauer-Kahan

February 19, 2021


An act to amend Section 4491 of the Public Resources Code, relating to forest practices.


LEGISLATIVE COUNSEL'S DIGEST


AB 1512, as introduced, Bauer-Kahan. Forest practices: burning of brush-covered lands.
Existing law allows any person, firm, or corporation that owns or controls brush-covered land within a state responsibility area to apply to the Department of Forestry and Fire Protection for permission to burn the brush from those lands. Existing law provides that cooperation by the department with any person desiring to use prescribed burning as a means of converting brush-covered lands into forage lands, as specified, is declared to be a public purpose and requires the department to provide certain advisory service to applicants for a burning permit.
This bill would make nonsubstantive changes in those provisions.
Vote: MAJORITY   Appropriation: NO   Fiscal Committee: NO   Local Program: NO  

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


SECTION 1.

 Section 4491 of the Public Resources Code is amended to read:

4491.
 (a) Cooperation by the department, as provided in this article, with a person desiring to use prescribed burning as a means of converting brush-covered lands into forage lands or to help meet wildland management goals, which has as its objective the prevention of high intensity wildland fires, watershed management, range improvement, vegetation management, forest improvement, wildlife habitat improvement, restoring ecological integrity and resilience, community wildfire protection, carbon resilience, enhancement of culturally important resources, and maintenance of air quality, or any combination thereof, of those activities, is declared to be for a public purpose.
(b) This article shall be administered by the director or, if responsibility therefor for administration is delegated by the director, by the chief of a county fire department in a county contracting with the department pursuant to Section 4129.
(c) In furtherance of this article, the department shall provide advisory service to applicants for permits as to precautions to be taken by the applicant to prevent damage to the property of others by reason of the prescribed burning, and shall provide standby fire protection, to the extent the personnel, fire crews, and firefighting equipment are available.