Fire regulations and these tiny mountain lots

  • [photo by Patric Hedlund, The Mountain Enterprise]

    [photo by Patric Hedlund, The Mountain Enterprise]

By Patric Hedlund, TME

Clyde Greer of Lake of the Woods (LOW) is an elder in a local church. He likes to follow the rules. But sometimes the rules cannot be followed, he said on Memorial Day weekend.

The Kern County Fire Department’s threat to fine homeowners $500 or $1,000 if they cannot get their wood piles 30 feet from the house and 10 feet from the property line poses a special problem for LOW residents.

Greer’s wood pile was only five feet from…(please see below to view full stories and photographs)

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The Snover Brigade reports for duty to Greer’s home, but would it be enough?

Left: Greer used a tape to measure how far he could get the wood pile from the house. It was 20 feet.

Right: The KCFD diagram shows a 100’ clearance, with wood 30’ away from structures.

Greer has a small shed that he may have to empty to use for his firewood he said, but he hopes covering the wood with a tarp will be acceptable, as he had it below.

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