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Gov. Jerry Brown, Legislature require rural homeowners to pay fire fee

Jul 18, 2011 2:01:17 AM- latimes.com
The bill mandates a $150 annual fee for fire-prevention services from homeowners living in wildfire-prone areas. They are also debating the revival of proposed land-use restrictions.

As Californians have crowded the state's bucolic foothills and scenic mountains with subdivisions and cabin retreats, pushing further into the combustible wild, state firefighting has become a billion-dollar enterprise.

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