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Changes come to the California fire fee

Published On: Jun 04 2013 08:48:20 PM CDT

Changes are coming to the California fire fee. Many areas are being cut from the map, but parts of Shasta County are actually being added.

After numerous petitions and appeals from property owners, CAL FIRE said it needed to adjust.

The Board of Forestry recently approved changes to the fire fee maps, used to determine the structures required to pay a $150 fire prevention charge.

Almost 13,000 acres statewide will now be dropped from the 31 million acre State Responsibility Area.

No adjustments are being made to Butte and Tehama counties, but Shasta County is actually going in the opposite direction.

CAL FIRE officials tell us 656 acres are changing hands from local to state control. That includes areas southeast of Gore Ranch and southeast of Forest Hills.

CAL FIRE officials called it a "misclassification" of ownership.

They said as more up-to-date information came in, they were able to add areas that should have already been under the state’s responsibility.

At this time, CAL FIRE does not have a breakdown of how many Shasta County properties are affected.

You can stay with KRCR News Channel 7 as we take a closer look into these upcoming changes.