Yolo County Fire Safe Council hosting community workshop for input on wildfire planning in west Winters

The Quail Fire sparked in early summer 2022. (Ken Britten/Courtesy photo)

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By Alli Permann
Special to the Express

Yolo County Fire Safe Council, in collaboration with Winters Fire Department, West Winters Fire Safe Council, and Wildland Res Mgt, is hosting a community workshop meeting on Thursday, Sept. 15 from 6:30 – 8 p.m. at Winters Fire Department located at 700 W. Main St. in Winters. Rural West Winters residents living in the high fire areas outside of city limits are invited to attend this workshop to provide community input to the Yolo County Community Wildfire Protection Plan (CWPP).

A CWPP is collaborative plan developed to help communities reduce wildfire risk and facilitate fire-adapted communities. This countywide planning document is created by local fire departments and governments, land managers, and residents. CWPPs are designed to address unique conditions, values, and priorities within a community related to wildfire risk reduction and resilience. Developing and implementing a CWPP is beneficial for local communities because its creation enables access to funding sources for fuels reduction work and other wildfire resilience projects.

All CWPPs are required to have priority fuel reduction projects, plans to address structure ignitability, and community collaboration. As such, a CWPP is an excellent way for community members living in Yolo County to influence how and where fuels reduction projects occur as well as help set wildfire risk reduction priorities.

Yolo County Fire Safe Council and its partners invites west Winters residents living in the high fire areas of Yolo County to attend a CWPP Community Workshop on Sept. 15 at 6:30 p.m. held at Winters Fire Department.

Although rural Winters spans both Yolo and Solano counties, each county is holding its own meetings and producing a separate CWPP. Solano County residents will have an opportunity in the coming months to give input to the Solano Community Wildfire Protection Plan, which is being developed by the Solano County Office of Emergency Services in collaboration with the consulting firm SWCA. For more information, sign up for the Solano Fire Safe Council email list at www.tinyurl.com/sfsc-signup.

If you would like more information about this topic or current wildfire-related programs in Yolo County, contact RCD Program Manager Tanya Meyer at meyer@yolorcd.org. For wildfire emergency response related inquiries, please contact OES staff member Kurt Johnson at Kurt.Johnson@yolocounty.org. To stay up to date with Yolo County Fire Safe Council, visit our website at www.yolorcd.org/yolo-county-fire-safe-council or find us on Instagram and Facebook @YoloCountyFireSafeCouncil.

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