Living in a high-fire hazard area comes with risks -- and higher costs starting this year.
Property owners in unincorporated areas of Temecula, De Luz, Wine Country and Winchester can expect to pay a fire-protection fee this spring that could get as high as $150 per structure for any habitable building worth more than $5,000.
The attached map shows in yellow what are known as “State Responsibility Areas," the areas impacted by the new fee.
Click here and enter your zip code to find out if you are in a State Responsibility Area.
State Assemblyman Kevin Jeffries (R-Lake Elsinore) has introduced AB 1506, which seeks to overturn the surcharge. The bill is in committee and has little chance of affecting this year’s charges, according to Jeffries.
He was quoted by the Associate Press last week as saying his bill’s chances of passing are “uphill at best.”