SHASTA COUNTY, Calif. - CAL FIRE is issuing citations for defensible space violations in Shasta County.
As of Wednesday, CAL FIRE has issued 16 citation referrals to the Shasta County District Attorney's Office, CAL FIRE said. The citations are for failure to maintain 100 feet of defensible space.
The citations were issued as the last resort after weeks and even months of written warnings, CAL FIRE said.
Cal Fire said it has completed over 3,700 inspections in 2019 and roughly 80% of homes that passed their inspections.
Failure to maintain defensible space is a violation punishable by an infraction, the first infraction is a fine of no less than $100. A second infraction within five years is a fine of at least $250. A third infraction could result in a misdemeanor charge and a fine of no less than $500.
The main goal of the defensible space inspection program is to educate the public on how to make their homes more fire safe through defensible space and home hardening, CAL FIRE said.