Government Code 51175-89 directs the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (CAL FIRE) to identify areas of very high fire hazard severity zones within Local Responsibility Areas (LRA). Mapping of the areas, referred to as Very High Fire Hazard Severity Zones (VHFHSZ), is based on data and models of, potential fuels over a 30-50 year time horizon and their associated expected fire behavior, and expected burn probabilities to quantify the likelihood and nature of vegetation fire exposure (including firebrands) to buildings. Details on the project and specific modeling methodology can be found at frap.cdf.ca.gov/projects/hazard/methods.html. Local Responsibility Area VHFHSZ maps were initially developed in the mid-1990s and are now being updated based on improved science, mapping techniques, and data. This specific geographic information system dataset depicts final CAL FIRE recommendations for Very High FHSZs within the local jurisdiction. The process of finalizing these boundaries involved an extensive local review process, the details of which are available at frap.cdf.ca.gov/projects/hazard/btnet/ (click on "Continue as guest without logging in"). Local government has 120 days to designate, by ordinance, very high fire hazard severity zones within its jurisdiction after receiving the recommendation. Local government can add additional VHFHSZs. There is no requirement for local government to report their final action to CAL FIRE when the recommended zones are adopted. Consequently, users are directed to the appropriate local entity (county, city, fire department, or Fire Protection District) to determine the status of the local fire hazard severity zone ordinance. To display the areas of VHFHSZ recommended by CAL FIRE, simply display on the attribute HAZ_CLASS, as that has been filtered to represent only areas in the Very High Class, and only for areas that are in Local Responsibility Area (LRA) status.
© CAL FIRE recoginzes the important contribution of various local government entities that contributed data, maps, and comments that were critical components of the FHSZ mapping process.
This layer is a component of PlanningData.
|Data type||Vector multipolygon|
|Attributes||SRA, STLength, STArea, HAZ_CODE, INCORPORATED, HAZ_CLASS|
|Services||Vector Query API|
|Revisions||1 - Browse all revisions|
|Current revision||Imported on Sept. 11, 2018 from Esri JSON in NAD83 / California zone 6 (ftUS). 26 geometries modified to be OGC compliant. Changelog.|