The Office of the State Fire Marshal has convened its Wildland-Urban Interface (WUI) Fire Safety Task Force to see if changes need to be made to our existing WUI Building Standards. The group started meeting over a month ago, prior to the recent firestorm in Northern California, however, the fires will certainly place a heightened interest in the Task Force activities. For over ten years, the California Building Code has required new homes located within a Wildland-Urban Interface to comply with stringent fire safety building standards for exterior walls, roofs, windows, decks and vents. Compliance with these buildings standards are rigidly enforced by local building and fire departments and are a condition for receiving final permit approval. In addition, state statute has required all homes in these WUI designated areas to maintain defensible space of 100 feet around the structure, or up to the property line (whichever is shorter). Unfortunately, most local jurisdictions do not have an on-going program enforcing the state laws for defensible space. This issue will probably be the focus of one or more bills during the 2018 legislative cycle.