Defensible Space Ordinance Update
The County of El Dorado Board of Supervisors will hold a public meeting on December 12, 2023, to consider proposed amendments and the first reading of Ordinance 5186, which would repeal and replace Chapter 8.09, Vegetation Management and Defensible Space (Ordinance 5101) of Title 8, Public Health and Safety, of the El Dorado County Code of Ordinances. This hearing was previously set for November 14, 2023, but has been rescheduled to December 12, 2023.
For public review, the County has provided access to the draft copy of the proposed Ordinance 5186 along with a Summary of Changes outlining the modifications to Chapter 8.09.
Proposed Ordinance 5186 - Hazardous Vegetation and Defensible Space
Proposed Ordinance 5186 - Summary of Changes
Proposed Ordinance 5186 - Hazardous Vegetation and Defensible Space - Redline
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2023 El Dorado County Defensible Space Emphasis Areas
El Dorado County has identified 5 County Emphasis Areas where it will be conducting defensible space inspections in partnership with local fire districts over the next 12 months. The goal of these inspections is to provide homeowners valuable information on how they can meet their defensible space requirement and make their homes more resilient to wildfire.
Upper Apache (Meyers) – Summer 2023
Stewart Mine Area (Kelsey) – July-September 2023
Bassi Road Area (Lotus) – October-December 2023
Texas Hill Area (Placerville) – January-March 2024
Outingdale Area (Somerset) – April-May 2024
Residents in the Inspection areas will be receiving notification of inspection timeframes, and an invitation to a local informational workshop. The following are upcoming workshops:
El Dorado County is partnering with CAL FIRE and local fire safe councils as part of this effort. There are a number of resources and programs available to help homeowners prepare their properties ahead of time, including voluntary home assessments conducted by local fire safe councils.
The El Dorado County Fire Safe Council provides programs that fund chipping of material cleared by homeowners on the West Slope of El Dorado County, and create defensible space around homes of seniors, veterans, and low-income residents. Information is available at www.edcfiresafe.org .
2023 CAL FIRE Defensible Space Inspection Program
CAL FIRE is conducting defensible space inspections in the following target hazard areas (THA) of El Dorado County in 2023.
Cameron Park Pollock Pines
Camino Salmon Falls
Emerald Bay South Diamond Springs
Luneman South Shingle Springs
For questions related to the CAL FIRE Defensible Space Program, call CAL FIRE at 530-708-2793.
Fire season is now a year-round reality in El Dorado County and its surrounding areas. Did you know...
With the surge in fire activity, we need to increase the prevention measures that could decrease fire danger in El Dorado County communities.
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You may also call our Defensible Space Ordinance recorded line, 530-621-4663, and leave a message. During times of busy call volumes, it may take 48-72 hours for your call to be returned.