Fire Safe Councils

CAL FIRE has awarded $160 million for landscape-scale land management projects intended to restore and maintain healthy forests throughout California while enhancing carbon storage. Read more…

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ITC-IQ Firewatch Tri-County Presentation

To see the full document from Green Valley Fire Safe Council on reducing the risk of catastrophic wildfire, click here.

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https://cafiresafecouncil.org/
Wildfire Preparedness
This infographic from the USDA Forest Service and Firewise.org is a good example of what to look for when preparing your home for wildfire.
With Spring upon us it is a great time to begin preparing our homes and property for the threat of wildfire. While May is typically the month in which wildfire preparedness observances are held, it is never too early to begin home hardening projects and creating buffers that will help protect lives and property when the next wildfire occurs. There are many low-cost options for protecting your home that can be found on the California Fire Safe Council and Cal Fire websites.

Homes can catch fire when an ember from a nearby blaze lands in a roof gutter, attic vent or on top of landscape material. It is important to keep your roof, roof gutters and the base of walls clear of flammable debris such as leaves and pine needles. A 30-foot buffer between your home and any dead or dying plants, trees or branches is also advised.

Another easy home hardening activity is to cover vent openings with noncombustible and corrosion resistant mesh screens to prevent flying embers from entering attics and crawl spaces. Now is also a good time to check your siding for dry rot, gaps and cracks that may present an entry point for embers. In the event that you and/or your family must evacuate due to wildfire, it’s important to have a plan and know where you will go. Cal Fire’s Ready For Wildfire webpage has helpful tips for you to create an evacuation plan and checklist.

Between October and December 2020, I worked with Yolo County Supervisor Don Saylor and Winters Mayor Wade Cowan to host a series of listening sessions for residents impacted by the LNU Lightning Complex Fire. I continue to work with our partners in Yolo County as well as Senator Bill Dodd and Napa County Supervisor Diane Dillon to address future wildfire preparedness and planning efforts at a local and regional level.

For more information on how to prepare for wildfire, download the ready-for-wildfire app and learn how to create defensible space around a home by visiting www.readyforwildfire.org.
Contact John Vasquez at 707-784-6129, or e-mail JMVasquez@SolanoCounty.com if you need assistance. You may also contact District Representative Jennifer Hamilton at 707-784-3034, or e-mail JLHamilton@SolanoCounty.com, or Ryan Chalk at 707-784-6128, or e-mail RLChalk@SolanoCounty.com.