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Cal Fire updates its Strategic Fire Plan

By: Staff report
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As destructive wildfires continue to burn throughout California, the California Board of Forestry and Fire Protection (Board) took action last week in adoption of the 2018 Strategic Fire Plan. The Strategic Fire Plan for California is the State’s road map for reducing the risk and impacts from wildland fires. 

“We continue to experience large and damaging wildfires across our state and must work to break the cycle,” said J. Keith Gilless, chair of the California Board of Forestry and Fire Protection. “This plan addresses the need for continued efforts to prevent wildfire, while considering recent climate considerations like drought and tree mortality.”

The plan update was developed over the past 21 months in a collaborative effort between the Board, Cal Fire, stakeholders, and public input.

“Significant effort went into the development of this plan, and now we have updated policy to guide us through current and future fire seasons.” said Chief Ken Pimlott, Cal Fire director.

The Strategic Fire Plan places an emphasis on what needs to be done long before a fire starts, while also looking to reduce firefighting costs, property losses, increasing firefighter safety, and contributing to forest health. The 2018 Strategic Fire Plan has seven goals that include: analyzing the fire risk, supporting land use planning, community preparedness planning, public education, integrating landowner fuels management, identifying fire suppression resources, increasing fire prevention efforts, and post wildfire recovery.

“The 2010 Fire Plan served us well in navigating one of California’s worst droughts,” said Chief Daniel Berlant, CAL FIRE assistant deputy director and co-chair of the Fire Plan Steering Committee. “This new plan will continue to provide us a framework to reduce California’s growing wildfire risk.”

The State’s Strategic Fire Plan is updated every 8-10 years.

The new plan is available at: bof.fire.ca.gov.