California - Fire Hazard Severity Zones - Cal Fire

These zones, referred to as Fire Hazard Severity Zones (FHSZ), influence how people construct buildings and protect property to reduce risk associated with wildland fires.

The Fire Hazard Severity Zone maps were developed using a science-based and fieldtested computer model that assigns a hazard score based on the factors that influence fire likelihood and fire behavior. Many factors are considered such as fire history, existing and potential fuel (natural vegetation), flame length, blowing embers, terrain, and typical weather for the area. There are three hazard zones in state responsibility areas: moderate, high and very high.

The Fire Hazard Severity Zones identify fire hazard, not fire risk. “Hazard” is based on the physical conditions that give a likelihood that an area will burn over a 30 to 50-year period without considering modifications such as fuel reduction efforts. “Risk” is the potential damage a fire can do to the area under existing conditions, including any modifications such as defensible space, irrigation and sprinklers, and ignition resistant building construction which can reduce fire risk. Risk considers the susceptibility of what is being protected.

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Author California Department of Forestry & Fire Protection, Fire & Resource Assement Program
Last Updated April 13, 2018, 10:34 (Etc/UTC)
Created April 13, 2018, 10:32 (Etc/UTC)
Origin Places United States of America
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