Fire Safe Council seeks input for wildfire plan

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By Alli Permann
Special to the Express

Yolo County Fire Safe Council is hosting a community workshop meeting on Thursday, Dec. 8 from 6–7 p.m. via Zoom. Yolo County residents are invited to attend this workshop to provide community input to the Yolo County Community Wildfire Protection Plan (CWPP) throughout the entire county.

A CWPP is a collaborative plan developed to help communities reduce wildfire risk and create fire-adapted communities. All CWPPs are required to have priority fuel reduction projects, plans to address structure ignitability and community collaboration. This countywide planning document is created by local fire departments and governments, land managers and residents. CWPPs are designed to address the conditions, values, and priorities within Yolo County related to wildfire risk reduction and community resilience.

Developing a CWPP enables access to funding sources for fuels reduction work and other wildfire resilience projects. 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 guide wildfire risk reduction priorities.

This community planning workshop, held via Zoom on Dec. 8, is open to all Yolo County residents with a focus on the high-fire areas in Western Yolo County. During the meeting, we will look at maps of Yolo County and identify: community values and assets, hazardous areas in the community, and potential projects to protect assets and reduce hazards. Yolo County residents interested in attending this virtual community workshop are encouraged to pre-register by Dec. 6 through Zoom by visiting www.tinyurl.com/CWPPvirtual.

Although rural Winters spans both Yolo and Solano counties, each county is holding its own meetings and producing a separate CWPP. For more information, sign up for the Solano Fire Safe Council email list at www.tinyurl.com/sfsc-signup.

For more information about this community meeting, the CWPP process or the Yolo County Fire Safe Council, contact Tanya Meyer, RCD Program Manager, at meyer@yolorcd.org or call 530-661-1688.

For wildfire emergency response-related inquiries, contact OES staff member Kurt Johnson at Kurt.Johnson@yolocounty.org. To stay up to date with Yolo County Fire Safe Council, visit its website at www.yolorcd.org/yolo-county-fire-safe-council or on Instagram and Facebook @YoloCountyFireSafeCouncil.

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