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City of Murrieta receives Fire Risk Reduction Community designation

The California Board of Forestry and Fire Protection has designated the City of Murrieta as a Fire Risk Reduction Community.

This designation recognizes Murrieta Fire & Rescue’s ongoing commitment to wildfire preparedness and mitigation efforts within the city. When the list goes into effect on July 1, 2024, Murrieta will be one of only 11 cities statewide and the sole fire agency in Riverside County to receive this designation. It is valid for two years.

Earning the Fire Risk Reduction Community designation brings significant benefits. Residents and businesses should see reductions in future insurance premiums as the California Department of Insurance has mandated insurance providers recognize this designation as community-level mitigation that must be reflected in the rate offered (Title 10, § 2644.9(d)).

Additionally, the city will gain access to increased grant opportunities for fire mitigation projects, such as fuel reduction and public education initiatives. Furthermore, the designation allows Murrieta Fire & Rescue to develop and implement targeted fire safety programs, fostering a more prepared community.

“Our residents, like most of the state, face uncertainty with keeping or obtaining fire insurance in areas the state has designated as being in a very high fire hazard severity zone,” Fire Marshal Doug Strosnider said. “Obtaining the designation of a ‘Fire Risk Reduction Community’ is currently the most impactful way to assist our residents with insurance challenges.

Fire Chief Bernie Molloy shared, “In Murrieta, we are committed to doing everything to provide our residents with the safest city possible. We have already been recognized as an accredited fire agency, proving that we have a fire department held to the highest national standards. With this designation, we have proven that we will also take every step to ensure our residents have the lowest insurance rates available.”

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