CA Pub Res Code Section 4462

The Legislature hereby finds and declares as follows:


There has been an increase in the number of uncontrolled fires on the wildlands of this state, resulting in destruction of valuable timber and other vegetation, loss of recreational opportunities and wildlife habitat, erosion and damage to streamflow and watersheds, extremely adverse effects on water quality through sedimentation, destruction of soil and loss of nutrients, degradation of air quality, invasions into burned areas of less desirable plant species, and an unacceptable level of hazards to public safety. Further, the increased cost of fire suppression implies the need for alternative methods of fire prevention.


The prevention of high-intensity wildland fires may be achieved partly through the reduction of the volume and continuity of flammable vegetation in wildlands by a program of fuel management.


Wildland resources management planning and the provision of prescribed burn crews pursuant to this article serves a public purpose and will benefit all the citizens of the state.
Last Updated

Aug. 19, 2023

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