"Our Mission: We, the El Dorado Hills Fire Department, exist to serve and protect the Community through emergency management."

Program Information


To reduce the threat of wildland fires in our community, your Fire Department will again implement the Unimproved Property Hazard Reduction Ordinance (Vacant Lot Program).  This ordinance requires that the owners of unimproved property cut and/or clear combustible vegetation as outlined in the Unimproved Property Hazard Reduction Standard.

The intent of this program is to establish a defensible space around all homes, buildings, and other structures that abut to unimproved property. The defensible space that is created by cutting and/or clearing flammable vegetation improves the ability to survive a wildland fire and increases the safety margin and working room for Firefighters.

Changes have been implemented to the Fire Departments’ existing Unimproved Property Hazard Abatement Standard for 2019. All areas of district where unimproved parcels abut improved property.

  • Parcels up to one-acre (1.00) shall meet the clearance requirements for the entire parcel.
  • Parcels over one-acre (1.01) up to five acres (5.00) shall clear a minimum of one hundred (100) feet from combustible structures.


All combustible vegetation that is located within the designated defensible space shall be removed or cut to a maximum height of two (2) inches and shall include the removal of tree limbs to a height of six (6) feet above ground level.

All downed trees, branches or woody debris smaller than eight (8) inches in diameter that is located within the designated defensible space shall be removed.

The Fire Marshal may require greater clearances, at his discretion, where public health safety or welfare so dictate, or where geographic, topographic or vegetation circumstances dictate.

Note: It is the responsibility of the property owner to ensure that their property is in compliance with their HOA as well as the Fire Department’s standards.

**Serrano residents must comply with the Serrano El Dorado Owners' Association "Tree Removal and Pruning" rule, and obtain approval from the Architectural Control Committee (ACC) prior to pruning or removing any Heritage Oak Tree. For more information, please see the Association website at www.serranohoa.org, or contact the office at (916) 939-1728.

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