Cabrillo Estates and the surrounding wildlands are classified as a Very High Fire Hazard Severity Zone (FHSZ) by the State Board of Forestry and Fire Protection. This is the highest classification that can be designated in California. The classification is based on wildland fuels, topography and fire weather.
Because of Cabrillo Estates' location, fire safety is particularly important. In March, 2019 CEPOA began the process of becoming a Firewise Community. Our report was approved in December 2020, followed by an action plan in January 2021. Those two documents provide a wealth of information on how to make your home and our community as fire-safe as possible. (Documents are linked above in the Issues > Fire Safety menu above.)
Below is a list additional, low-cost best practices to help make homes more ignition-resistant from wildfires provided by CAL FIRE.
Los Osos Fire Battalion chief Greg Alex addressed the CEPOA membership on August 13, 2017 and shared the pamphlet below, "Living with Fire." He also shared information about the ordinances that affect us, especially in terms of weed abatement. Some key points and resources from his talk include:
SLO County Fire Safe Council can be approached for grants to trim trees on public or common property. If trees are on public property, we can also contact the county.