2021 – Assembly Bill 642 (Friedman, Laura), Prescribed Burn and Wildfires (Chaptered)
Air Quality and Emissions, Forestry and Wildfire Prevention
Office of Legislative Affairs
Provides that it is the intent of the Legislature that CARB, in consultation with the local air districts, review established guidance and policies related to prescribed fire with the goal of maximizing acreage and opportunities to implement prescribed fire in order to reduce the air pollution associated with high-severity wildfire. The bill also makes various changes to State law to enhance wildland fire prevention efforts, including, among other things, incorporating and facilitating cultural burning practices, and requiring the identification of moderate and high fire hazard severity zones in local responsibility areas, as specified.