June 1 marks defensible space deadline; citations can cost $500 and $1,000

Fire crews to start inspections on Friday
Posted at 5:21 PM, May 31, 2017
and last updated 2017-05-31 20:24:32-04

The deadline for many Kern County homeowners to reduce fire hazards around their homes is Thursday, June 1. After that, fire crews will begin inspecting homes in their areas to ensure that they aren't in violation of the Kern County Fire Hazard Reduction Program.

If cited, your first offense will cost you $500. Your second offense will cost you $1,000, double what it would have costed you in 2016.

The program applies to homes within the State Responsibility Area (SRA); essentially, the mountain communities of Kern County. You can find KCFD's SRA map here, with SRA land in yellow.

More information about the defensible space deadline, including how to protest a citation, can be found here.

For defensible space guidelines to make sure your home is ready, click here.

If you're looking for a business to help you with fire hazard reduction, the Kern County Fire Department's list of private contractors can be found here.