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Public Resources Code - PRC

DIVISION 4. FORESTS, FORESTRY AND RANGE AND FORAGE LANDS [4001 - 4958]

  ( Division 4 repealed and added by Stats. 1965, Ch. 1144. )

PART 2. PROTECTION OF FOREST, RANGE AND FORAGE LANDS [4101 - 4789.7]

  ( Part 2 added by Stats. 1965, Ch. 1144. )

CHAPTER 6. Prohibited Activities [4411 - 4446]

  ( Chapter 6 added by Stats. 1965, Ch. 1144. )

ARTICLE 1. Definitions and General Provisions [4411 - 4418]
  ( Article 1 added by Stats. 1965, Ch. 1144. )

4411.
  

Unless the context otherwise requires, the definitions in this article govern the construction of this chapter.

(Added by Stats. 1965, Ch. 1144.)

4412.
  

“Incinerator” means any device constructed of nonflammable materials for the purpose of burning therein trash, debris, and other flammable materials, excluding those devices regulated by Section 4438 of this code.

(Added by Stats. 1965, Ch. 1144.)

4412.5.
  

“Campfire” has the same meaning as defined in Section 4103.5.

(Added by Stats. 1988, Ch. 270, Sec. 3.)

4413.
  

“Zone A” includes Mono, Inyo, San Bernardino, Santa Barbara, Ventura, Los Angeles, Orange, Riverside, San Diego, and Imperial Counties.

(Amended by Stats. 1984, Ch. 633, Sec. 1.)

4414.
  

“Zone B” includes any county and portion of any county which is not included in Zone A.

(Added by Stats. 1965, Ch. 1144.)

4414.5.
  

“Residue” means flammable wood fiber byproducts or waste, including, but not limited to, sawdust, bark, chips, slabs, trimmings, and hogged particles from a sawmill or plant engaged in processing or converting forest products into lumber, shook, ties, poles, posts, veneer, shakes, shingles, and planed or milled products.

(Added by Stats. 1982, Ch. 1333, Sec. 12.)

4415.
  

This chapter does not apply to the setting of fire on lands within any municipal corporation.

(Added by Stats. 1965, Ch. 1144.)

4416.
  

This chapter does not authorize a county firewarden, a firefighter, or a county officer to obligate the state for the payment of any money.

(Amended by Stats. 2021, Ch. 133, Sec. 72. (SB 272) Effective July 23, 2021.)

4417.
  

(a) Except as provided in subdivision (b) or (c), a reward of up to ten thousand dollars ($10,000) shall be paid out of any state funds which are made available to the department for fire protection to any person, other than a regularly paid firefighter, peace officer, or agent or employee of the department, whose information leads to the arrest and conviction, or commitment to a public facility, of any person who willfully and maliciously sets fire to, or who attempts to willfully and maliciously set fire to, any property which is included within any state responsibility area as established under Article 3 (commencing with Section 4125) of Chapter 1.

(b) If the fire, or attempt to set a fire, results in death or great bodily injury to anyone, including fire protection personnel, a reward of up to twenty-five thousand dollars ($25,000) shall be paid.

(c) If the fire causes substantial structural damage, an enhanced reward of up to twenty-five thousand dollars ($25,000) shall be paid.

(d) The reward may be paid on the initiative of the department or upon application by any person qualifying therefor. One reward of up to ten thousand dollars ($10,000) shall be paid under subdivision (a), or twenty-five thousand dollars ($25,000) under subdivision (b), or twenty-five thousand dollars ($25,000) under subdivision (c), as the case may be, with respect to the same event or series of events involving the same defendant or defendants. If the department determines that more than one person is eligible for a reward arising out of information relating to the same event or series of events, the reward shall be divided among those persons, as determined by the department, taking into consideration the significance of the information contributed by each of those persons. The department may establish a program to preserve the anonymity of any person providing information and may pay a reward under that program.

(e) Rewards paid under this section shall be considered an emergency fire suppression and detection expenditure for budgeting purposes.

(Amended by Stats. 1993, Ch. 15, Sec. 1. Effective May 21, 1993.)

4417.5.
  

(a) For the purpose of obtaining information leading to the arrest and conviction of persons who willfully and maliciously set fire to, or who attempt to willfully and maliciously set fire to, any property which is included within a state responsibility area, as defined in Section 4102, including a hazardous fire area designated by the board pursuant to Section 4252 or by the director pursuant to Section 4253, the department shall, during the fire season, make a toll-free 800 telephone number available for, and establish, a program to protect the anonymity of persons providing that information and to facilitate the identification of persons who are eligible for the payment of rewards authorized pursuant to Section 1547 of the Penal Code and Section 4417.

(b) The department may cooperate, and enter into interagency agreements, with other state agencies in carrying out this section, including, but not limited to, the Cal-TIP program of the Department of Fish and Game.

(Added by Stats. 1994, Ch. 243, Sec. 2. Effective July 21, 1994.)

4418.
  

Peace officers designated by the director may expend funds the director deems necessary to purchase evidence and to employ operators to obtain evidence in cases of arson to any property within a state responsibility area as established under Article 3 (commencing with Section 4125) of Chapter 1.

Funds expended pursuant to this section shall be repaid to the peace officer making the expenditure upon claims approved by the director and subject to post audit by the Department of Finance. Claims, when approved, shall be paid out of funds appropriated for the support or use of the department.

(Added by Stats. 1984, Ch. 1090, Sec. 1.)

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