CSAC Bulletin Article

Board of Forestry Continues Work on Fire Safe Regulations 

February 25, 2021

The Board of Forestry conducted a workshop on February 24 regarding the latest version of the proposed Fire Safe Regulations. CSAC and other local government advocacy groups have been closely monitoring the development of these regulations for the past several months. This has included participation in several workshops and a local government stakeholder meeting to discuss the proposed changes and direct meetings with the Board of Forestry members and staff.

At the February 24 workshop, county coalition members discussed comments from the February 18 county coalition comment letter submitted by CSAC, the Rural County Representatives of California, and Urban Counties of California. The coalition emphasized in its comment letter the unique role local jurisdictions have in implementing the Board’s regulations, and the continued need for partnership and cooperation between the Board and counties.

The coalition letter also emphasized a few key points related to the February 8 revisions including concerns about the thresholds for limiting development on existing roads, among others, and support for a tiered approach to public road improvements balancing both public safety and private burden. The coalition letter, along with all other letters regarding the Fire Safe Regulations can be found here. Materials for the workshop are available on the Board’s website, under the “Regulatory Workshops” header and the “February 24, 2021 Workshop” drop-down.

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