First Solano County Fire Safe Council meeting set for Wednesday

Solano Parks and Recreation Manager Chris Drake stands above damage done to Lake Solano County Park in 2020 by the LNU Lightning Complex Fire. Photo by Robinson Kuntz/MCNaughton Media

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A kickoff meeting for the new Solano County Fire Safe Council has been scheduled for 6 p.m. Wednesday.

“The LNU Lightning Complex Fire in 2020 exposed many areas in which we need to do better when it comes to preparing for wildfire. In the wake of that disaster, we have seen residents take steps to educate themselves and their neighbors on how to prepare their properties for the next wildfire,” Solano County Supervisor John Vasquez said in a statement released Monday.

“Solano County is beginning to build a Community Wildfire Protection Plan . . . a planning process which will take place over the next year to study wildfire risks throughout the county and to develop a list of priority projects to address hazards such as accumulated fuels, especially along evacuation routes, and promote general wildfire preparedness.”

The meeting will take place in Conference Room A of the county Events Center, 601 Texas St., in Fairfield.

“Solano County and Solano Resource Conservation District staff have partnered in leading this effort and are working with community members, including local Fire Safe Councils, to organize this new endeavor,” the county stated.

“The countywide FSC will lead many efforts, including identifying and implementing projects as part of a Solano County Community Wildfire Protection Plan, spearhead grant applications, and foster collaboration among fire resiliency partners to help Solano County residents adapt to and safely survive future fires,” the county stated.

The meeting also can be accessed virtually, details for which can be found on the county’s and the Solano Resource Conservation District websites. The agenda for the meeting can also be found on those sites, www.solanocounty.com and www.solanorcd.org/resources/news.html.

“We want to see projects happen in areas affected by recent fires – like the 2020 LNU Lightning Complex Fire, and also see work done to prepare for future wildfires,” Christopher Rose, executive director of the Solano Resource Conservation District, said in the county statement.

“Getting this Fire Safe Council in place will involve more players in accomplishing those projects, and everyone benefits from those partnerships,” Rose added.

For more information, send an email to RCD Program Manager Karin Young at karin.young@solanorcd.org or Nancy Nelson, senior management analyst at the county, at ncnelson@solanocounty.com.

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