Image courtesy of LA County Fire. Recovery after Woolsey Fire.

Overview

The Los Angeles County (County) Department of Regional Planning is in the process of developing the Reducing Damage From Wildfire (RDFW) Ordinance in response to the February 11, 2020 motion by the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors. The RDFW Ordinance will amend the Los Angeles County Code Title 21 (Subdivisions Code) and Title 22 (Planning and Zoning Code) to ensure adequate evacuation egress during wildfire events, to improve public safety, and to reduce risks to development located within Very High Fire Hazard Severity Zones (VHFSHSZ). A draft of the RDFW Ordinance will be released for public review by Summer of 2022.

The RDFW Ordinance is based on recommendations made by the After Action Review of the Woolsey Fire Incident and the Community Planning Assistance for Wildfire (CPAW) Final Recommendations to Reduce Wildfire Risk to Existing and Future Development: Los Angeles County, California.


Background

The RDFW Ordinance has been supported by a grant for the Community Planning Assistance for Wildfire (CPAW, pronounced “SEE-PAW”) assistance program.

CPAW is a national program that provides communities with expertise from professional land use planners, foresters, and fire behavior specialists to recommend improvements to local policies and codes. In 2020, the County was one of the six communities chosen to receive technical assistance from the CPAW program. Technical assistance included an analysis of the County’s land use regulations and recommendations to increase safety and reduce the threat of wildfire to homes and business. The County collaborated with CPAW’s team of professional land use planners, foresters, risk modelers, researchers, and local community stakeholders to identify opportunities to address wildfire through the planning process.


Maps

CAL FIRE maps Very High Fire Hazard Severity Zones (VHFHSZ) in both State Responsibility Areas (SRA) and Local Responsibility Areas (LRA). These maps are generated by CAL FIRE’s Fire and Resources Assessment Program (FRAP) based on relevant factors such as fuels, terrain, and weather.

Please use the map link below to determine if your property is within a VHFHSZ.


Contact

For more information or to submit comments, please email us at: safety@planning.lacounty.gov.