State responsibility areas defined … sort of

By September 18, 2012

The omnipresent El Dorado Hills Fire District encompasses virtually every parcel in El Dorado Hills, yet the state has designated roughly half of the community as a State Responsibility Area for fire protection, which until now has meant little to residents.

That’s about to change with the newly enacted state fire prevention fee on parcels with habitable structures within SRAs. Residents in SRA neighborhoods received a bill from the state Board of Equalization last week.

The California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection, aka Cal Fire, has provided a website that contains information on the fee,, and has also set up a hotline: (888) 310-6447.

The website contains an interactive map that lets visitors zoom in to a parcel and see if it is within the SRA.

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.

The 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 includes Jackson Elementary  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 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 SRA.

South of Harvard and north of Serrano Parkway
The LRA includes the southern half Governor Village, plus Oak Ridge High School, the library, Serrano Village Green and Serrano Villages D1 and B.

The SRA includes all neighborhoods west of El Dorado Hills Boulevard with the exception of Governor’s Village. East of the boulevard, the Oakridge neighborhood, 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.

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, the Raley’s Center is strictly LRA.

West of El Dorado Hills Boulevard, only the senior center and the Versante apartments are LRA.

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, with a roller coaster of dips and rises that exclude one neighborhood and include 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 LRA.

East of Silva Valley Parkway, all of the currently developed Serrano Villages are also LRA, and are mentioned above.

East of Bass Lake Road
The SRA includes Bridlewood Canyon and Bass Lake Village. Portions of Woodleigh Lane, immediately to the east in Cameron Park, are also SRA, as are Cameron Park subdivisions to the north approaching Green Valley Road.

Only the Laurel Oaks subdivision is LRA, according to the map.

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.

Mike Roberts

Discussion | 4 comments

  • Vic SubiaSeptember 18, 2012 - 9:03 am

    Every parcel owner should be told by CalFIRE exactly what they are getting for this fee and it should be in written form. Not in general terms as is posted on the CalFIRE website but in specific services due each parcel and property owner. This way every tax/fee payer will know what to expect for their money and how to measure the service received, if any. It might also prevent the money going to other projects as the state senate and assembly see fit.

  • Bill KalineSeptember 19, 2012 - 12:31 pm

    Nowhere can I find published information where the state received it's authority to assume fire prevention responsibility over private property, effectivly negating a property owners Constitutional Right to determine how best their land/property shall be enjoyed, used, etc. The state is basically shoving a service down our throats and charging a fee for something we didn't consent to. Kind of like your gardener charging you to wash your car and charge you for the cost, just because he thought you needed it. This is a total violation of Constitutional principles and one more step towards tyranny, as the govt. again tells us all how we should live our lives, or use our property, because they know what's best. This is just WRONG.

  • Terry CrumpleySeptember 20, 2012 - 2:36 pm

    This is what our assembly does to us all day, every day. No one is watching them and they know it. Actually, they really don't care. They called it a "fee" so they could pass it with a majority, instead of calling it a "tax" which would require a 2/3 vote. The vote was completely partisan. Look at who voted for it here:

  • Vic SubiaSeptember 21, 2012 - 10:21 am

    The legality or constitutionality of this tax/fee will be determined by the courts. The attempt to repeal this law seems to have failed. The immediate concern now becomes exactly what service will EACH property owner receive for this tax/fee? CalFIRE needs to tell each property owner what to expect in terms of fire prevention service(s). This way each property owner can measure whether or not the tax/fee was used for it's intended purpose.



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