Cal Fire to host public hearings
AUBURN – Cal Fire, the Department of Forestry and Fire Protection, will introduce a proposed update to the fire hazard severity zone map for state responsibility area lands in Nevada, Yuba and Placer counties at a series of public hearings.
A Nevada County hearing will take place from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Thursday, July 12, at the Nevada County Eric Rood Center board chambers, 950 Maidu Ave. in Nevada City.
A hearing will be held in Truckee from 2 to 5 p.m. Tuesday, July 24, at the Truckee Donner Public Utility District, 11570 Donner Pass Road. The local contact person at the utility is Barbara Cahill at 582-3909, and with Cal Fire is Doug Rinella at 277-2315.
The local contact for the Nevada County hearing is Kathleen Edwards at 265-1253.
Hearings will also be held on Wednesday, July 11, in Placer County, on Friday, July 13, in Yuba County, on Tuesday, July 24, and in Sierra County on Wednesday, July 25.
California law requires Cal Fire to produce maps identifying areas that face moderate, high or very high fire hazard within property for which the state has financial responsibility for wildland fire protection. The maps are used to determine legal requirements affecting property owners including building construction standards.
The maps were last updated in the late 1980s. It is necessary to update the maps to ensure accuracy and incorporate improved fire science and mapping techniques.
Nevada-Yuba-Placer Unit Chief Brad Harris stated: “In updating the severity maps for the area, Cal Fire invites the public to provide their valuable input. Our goal is to provide a higher level of fire protection for those who live and recreate in the urban interface of our wildland areas.”
The hearing will include an overview of the process used to develop the map. A large-format version of the map will be on display at the hearing and on the Cal Fire Web site at http://www.fire.ca.gov. The public will have the opportunity to submit a public comment on the map at the hearing and by mail or e-mail following the hearing. Cal Fire will review and respond to all public comments before the maps are adopted or revised by the Cal Fire director.
Comprehensive information on the map update is available at http://www.fire.ca.gov/wildland.php. The Web site includes an interactive map that allows users to find the proposed hazard rating for a specific address.
For more information on the public hearings schedule, contact Gina Chamberlin at (530) 277-2322 or by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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