The omnipresent El Dorado Hills Fire District encompasses virtually every parcel in El Dorado Hills, yet the state has designated roughly half the exuburban community as a State Responsibility Area for fire protection, which until now has meant nothing to residents.
But that changed with the enactment of the state Fire Prevention Fee on parcels with habitable structures in SRAs.
The California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection, aka Cal Fire, has provided a website that contains information on the fee, FirePreventionFee.org, and has also set up a hotline: (888) 310-6447.
The website contains an interactive map, demonstrating that a picture is indeed worth 1,000 words, by letting you zoom in to your parcel and see if it is within the SRA. (Map does not include proposed changes.)
North of Green Valley
The core Local Responsibility Area is loosely bounded by Lakehills, Sheffield and Francisco Drives.
LRA neighborhoods (no fee) include Waterford, Winterhaven and Green Valley Hills.
SRA neighborhoods include parcels east of Lakehills Drive, including Southpointe, Oak Creek Hills, Green Valley Acres, Arroyo Vista and other parcels on and around Malcolm Dixon Road.
The SRA also includes the Lakehills neighborhood north of Waterford and all the neighborhoods west of Francisco Boulevard, including Windsor Point, Marina, Marina Woods, Marina Hills, Rolling Hills, and Lakeridge Oaks.
Curiously, Lake Forest Apartments and the Safeway Shopping Center are also SRA.
Folsom Lake State Park is neither SRA or LRA.
South of Green Valley and North of Harvard Way
The LRA currently includes Jackson School, the Community Park and the neighborhoods between Francisco Boulevard and Silva Valley Parkway, including Franciscan, Oak Tree, Timberline Ridge, Fairchild Village, Stonegate and St. Andrews, plus Governor and Crown west of El Dorado Hills Boulevard.
The SRA currently includes all of El Dorado Hills west of El Dorado Hills Boulevard except Governor and Crown Villages.
Similarly, all parcels east of Silva Valley Parkway, with the exception of Highland Hills and Shortlidge Court in Timberline Village are currently SRA.
Proposed changes: Cal Fire has proposed transitioning the following villages from SRA to LRA effective July 1:
Promontory Villages 1 through 5 (north of the SMUD power lines)
South of Harvard and north of Serrano Parkway
The LRA currently includes the southern half Governor Village, plus Oakridge High School, the library, Serrano Village Green and Serrano Villages D1 and B.
The SRA currently includes all neighborhoods west of El Dorado Hills Boulevard with the exception of Governor’s Village. East of the boulevard, Oakridge Village, the archery range and Fire State 85 are all in the SRA, as is everything east of Silva Valley Parkway except Serrano Village B, including Rolling Hills School and Serrano Village H.
Serrano is discussed in more detail below.
Proposed changes: Cal Fire has proposed transitioning Oakridge Village from SRA to LRA.
South of Serrano Parkway and north of Highway 50
The LRA includes all parcels between Silva Valley Parkway and El Dorado Hills Boulevard, including Serrano Village D2, the old Executive Golf Course site and, unlike Safeway and Nugget, which are SRA, the Raley’s Center is strictly LRA.
West of El Dorado Hills Boulevard, only the senior center and the Versante apartments are LRA. East of Silva Valley Parkway, see Serrano below.
The SRA includes everything else west of El Dorado Hills Boulevard, including the historic, sprawling Park and Ridgeview Villages, and their relative newcomer neighbors in Crescent Ridge, Crescent Hills, La Cresta and Ridgeview Village.
Serrano is irregularly divided along Serrano Parkway. The boundary dips and rises seemingly arbitrarily, excluding one neighborhood and including another.
Most parcels north of the parkway are SRA. Exceptions include Village B, north of the library, Village K, between the parkway and the golf course, and a short stretch of Greenview Drive near Serrano Parkway, which are all LRA.
South of Serrano Parkway, it’s a different story. All parcels except Serrano Villages G and J4, near Bass Lake Road, are currently LRA.
East of Silva Valley Parkway, all of the currently developed Serrano Villages are also LRA, and are mentioned above.
Proposed changes: Cal Fire has proposed transitioning Serrano village J4, 63 acres south of Serrano Parkway off Beckett Drive from SRA to LRA.
East of Bass Lake Road
The LRA currently includes Bridlewood Canyon, Bass Lake Village and subdivisions to the north, approaching Green Valley Road.
Proposed changes: Cal Fire has proposed transitioning the Hollow Oaks subdivision from SRA to LRA.
South of Highway 50
All El Dorado Hills parcels south of Highway 50 are SRA with the exception of the Post Office in Town Center, which is federal land.