The wildfires of 2003 were the largest in California history, and had a huge impact on lives in ca. The fires demonstrated, again, how vulnerable and powerless we are in the face of wildfire.
Where is the Very High Fire Hazard Severity Zone Located?
The Very High Fire Hazard Severity Zone comprises most of the hilly and mountainous regions of the City of Los Angeles. It includes portions of the following communities: Baldwin Hills, Bel Air Estates, Beverly Glen, Brentwood, Castellammare, Chatsworth, Eagle Rock, East Los Angeles, Echo Park, El Sereno, Encino, Glassel Park, Granada Hills, Hollywood, Lake View Terrace Los Angeles, Los Feliz, Montecito Heights, Monterey Hills, Mount Olympus, Mount Washington, Pacific Palisades, Pacoima, Palisades Highland, Porter Ranch, San Pedro, Shadow Hills, Sherman Oaks, Silver Lake, Studio City, Sunland, Sun Valley, Sylmar, Tarzana, Tujunga, West Hills, Westwood, Woodland Hills
How Do I find out if my property is in the Very High Fire Hazard Severity Zone?
Each local fire station has a detailed map showing exactly which parcels of property are in the Very High Fire Hazard Severity Zone.
To determine if your property is in the VHFHS zone, please refer to one of the following websites:
If your property located in Fire Hazard Severity Zone you need to stand in few Code Requirements for your new windows or door:
Windows (Glazing): Exterior windows, window walls, glazed doors, and glazed openings within exterior doors shall be insulating-glass (dual-glazed) units with a minimum of one tempered pane, or glass block units, or have a fire-resistance rating of not less than 20 minutes. Vinyl window frames must have welded corners to prevent glass from falling out with flame impingement and metal reinforcing in the interlock area to prevent the windows from opening or falling unexpectedly. In addition, vinyl windows must have a label showing they are certified to ANSI/AAMA/NWWDA 101/I.S.2-97 structural requirements. An exception exists that the building official may allow dual glazing without a tempered pane in moderate hazard severity zones when there is a fuel modification zone at least 100 feet wide.
Exterior Doors: Exterior doors must be of approved non-combustible or ignition-resistant construction, or solid-core wood not less than 1 3/8” thick, or have a fire protection rating of not less than “20 minutes.”
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