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Cal Fire Releases 45 Day Report on Protecting Vulnerable Communities from Wildfire

March 7, 2019

In response to Governor Gavin Newsom’s Executive Order N-05-19, Cal Fire has released its 45 day report on protecting vulnerable communities from catastrophic wildfire. The report includes a list of 35 strategically-defined local projects that can be implemented before this upcoming wildfire season in an effort to provide immediate short term fire protection.

The list of these 35 high priority fuel reduction projects can be found here. Project examples include removal of dead trees, vegetation clearing, creation of fuel breaks and community buffer zones, and the creation of ingress and egress corridors around at risk communities. Cal Fire’s report also includes a series of recommendations and proposed actions to maximize safety and improve forest health in the short-term and long-term.

The report also recommends actions to accelerate measures – such as home-hardening – by educating the public and promoting use of CAL FIRE’s Ready for Wildfire App. The app recommends steps residents can take to create defensible space and make their homes more resilient to fire risk.

CSAC supports these fire prevention and protection efforts and recently provided a support letter for SB 190 (Dodd); a bill that requires the creation of a model defensible space program and would help provide important Wildland-Urban Interface safety information to building officials and the general public.

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