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CAL FIRE releases updated fire hazard severity zone map for public comment

From Cal Fire news release dated December 14, 2022

Will host 57 public hearings throughout California

After years of planning and collaboration with fire scientists, firefighters, stakeholders, and local community partners, CAL FIRE’s new Fire Hazard Severity Zones (FHSZ) map reflects changes in fire hazard in unincorporated, rural areas, as experienced in California over past years.

In December 2022, CAL FIRE began a public comment period for the regulatory adoption process to update the existing map that captures Fire Hazard Severity Zones (FHSZ), which is a comprehensive map that ranks California’s State Responsibility Area (SRA)—or rural, unincorporated areas—based on the likelihood different areas will experience wildfire.

As part of the adoption process of the map, CAL FIRE invites public comment on the proposed map between December 16, 2022, and February 3, 2023. The public may submit written comment at the address below or through email at In addition, CAL FIRE will host a public comment hearing in all 56 counties that have SRA to receive public comment. Information on the hearings can be found on CAL FIRE’s website at

The full press release is available online.

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