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Board of Forestry Holds Second Public Workshop on New Fire Safe Regulations and Proposes New Timelines

January 28, 2021

The Board of Forestry held a public workshop yesterday to discuss proposed changes to its fire safe regulations. This workshop was a follow up to the Board of Forestry’s last public workshop on January 14th. This workshop focused on articles dealing with proposed changes to water supply for firefighting, building siting, setbacks, and fuel modification. Board staff discussed several proposed changes in response to feedback they had received, and solicited feedback from the Board members and the public. CSAC is actively engaged with several other local government advocacy working groups in tracking and commenting on these regulations. At the end of yesterday’s meeting, the Board staff proposed a timeline for next steps, which drew concerns from both Board members and members of the public regarding quick turnaround. Following is the Board staff’s proposed timeline.

  • February 9th Afternoon Workshop

    • New strikeout/underline text available no later than February 5th.
    • Comments on the new strikeout due to the Board no later than February 8th COB.
  • Draft for discussion by the Board during the March 2nd and March 3rd BOF Joint Committee/Board Meetings.

    • The Board staff’s goal is to have a draft ready for approval for 45-day noticing at this meeting. The Board staff expects to submit this final draft to the Office of Administrative Law for an official comment period by mid-March and for final adoption in May.
    • New draft will be available February 24th.

If you have any questions, comments, or concerns please email CSAC Legislative Analyst Nick Cronenwett.

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