Bills will be going out soon for the new state fire-prevention fee, and those who receive the bills had better pay them on time. Otherwise, they could be levied a penalty of 10 percent for every 30 days the payment is late, plus interest on unpaid balances, two CalFire chiefs told the Madera County Board of Supervisors on Tuesday.
The bills will go to people who own homes in unincorporated areas protected by the state.
“We protect private lands,” said Chief Don Stein.
The Legislature established the fee to pay for fire-prevention activities...