Wildland-Urban Interface

Wildland-Urban Interface Fire Areas

A Wildland-Urban Interface Area is a geographical area where improved property intersects with wildland or vegetative fuels, those areas in the City will either be defined as a Very High Fire Hazard Severity Zone or a Hazard Reduction Zone. If your home or business is located within a Wildland-Urban Interface Area, certain Building Code regulations will apply to new, rebuilt or significantly remodeled structures.

View the Wildland-Urban Interface Fire Area Map to find out if your property is located within a Very High Fire Hazard Severity Zone or Hazard Reduction Zone.

Very High Fire Hazard Severity Zones

In the City of Newport Beach, Very High Fire Hazard Severity Zones are geographical areas designated in accordance with California Government Code Section 51179, and by City of Newport Beach ordinance, which contains the type and condition of vegetation, topography, climate and structure density which potentially increases the possibility of uncontrolled fire spread through vegetative fuels threatening life or property. Local Agency Very High Fire Hazard Severity Zones are as defined in Government Code Section 51179.

If your property is located within a Very High Fire Hazard Severity Zone, certain regulations apply. Refer to the following for more detailed information:

  • Chapter 49 of the California Fire Code, and;
  • Newport Beach Municipal Code Title 9.04. 090 “Amendments to Chapter 49 Requirements for Wildland-Urban Interface Fire Areas.”
  • California Government Code Section 51175-51189 which requires:
  • Newport Beach Fire Department Guidelines and Standards G.02 "Fuel Modification Plans and Maintenance Standard."

Hazard Reduction Zone

A Hazard Reduction Zone is any geographical area designated by the Fire Chief in which structures directly abut a wildland space on one or more sides. 

If your home or business is located within a Hazard Reduction Zone, certain regulations apply. Refer to the following for more detailed information:

Vegetation

Wildland-Urban Interface Fire Areas have special requirements for new and existing vegetation. For more detailed information, refer to the Newport Beach Fire Department’s Fire Resistive and Undesirable Species List.

 

Photo of WUI area on fire 

 

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