Safety Element S-4: Fire Hazards

Only areas below are considered part of the General Plan.

Fire Hazards
Wildfires are a necessary part of the natural ecosystem in southern California, but they become a hazard when they extend out of control into developed areas, with a resultant loss of property, and sometimes, injuries or loss of life. The wildfire risk in the United States has increased in the last few decades with more encroachment of residences and other structures into the wildland environment, and the growing number of people living and playing in wildland areas. Riverside County Fire Department data indicate that between about 30 and 40 wildland fires, typically less than 10 acres in size, occur in the Menifee area every year; with careful planning, the number of fires can be reduced and their impact to the City of Menifee can be minimized.

The California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (Cal Fire) has recommended that the urban, low-lying areas in Menifee be classified as having a Moderate Fire Hazard, whereas the hillside areas are generally classified as having a Very High Fire Hazard. The areas between the flatlands and the hillsides are classified as High Fire Hazard. Most of the low-lying areas within the city are located within local responsibility areas (LRAs); the hillsides are within either state or federal responsibility areas. Fire suppression responsibility for these areas is divided among local, state, and federal agencies, respectively (see Exhibit S-6, High Fire Hazard Areas). California state law requires that fire hazard areas be disclosed in real estate transactions.

  • S-4: A community that has effective fire mitigation and response measures in place, and as a result is minimally impacted by wildland and structure fires.
  • S-4.1: Require fire-resistant building construction materials, the use of vegetation control methods, and other construction and fire prevention features to reduce the hazard of wildland fire.
  • S-4.2: Ensure, to the maximum extent possible, that fire services, such as firefighting equipment and personnel, infrastructure, and response times, are adequate for all sections of the city.
  • S-4.3: Use technology to identify flood-prone areas and to notify residents and motorists of impending flood hazards and evacuation procedures.
  • S-4.4: Review development proposals for impacts to fire facilities and compatibility with fire areas or mitigate.
General Plan Exhibits