Fire safe plan for county advances |

Fire safe plan for county advances

A Nevada County board Wednesday took a step toward a countywide fire safe plan.

The county Building Standards Code Board of Appeals is trying to put together a committee to draft a fire plan. The plan would then go before county supervisors.

Board members agreed to compile their own lists of possible committee members in the next two weeks. Each board member will send a list to Clint McKinley, the county’s building department director, for the board’s next meeting on Dec. 11.

The board discussed groups that could be interested in the plan, including firefighting agencies, homeowners and road associations, insurers, architects and engineers, forestry professionals, county planners, builders, the Fire Safe Council, and others.

“Our goal is to recommend to the Board of Supervisors a committee to look comprehensively at building materials and fire standards for the urban-wildland interface and a fire protection plan for the county,” said board member Denis Kutch.

Earlier this year, the appeals board looked at whether to include fireproof building materials in the county building standards code – a proposal that was eventually dropped.

At that point, the appeals board decided the county should identify interested groups and come up with goals and objectives for a county fire protection plan.

A Natural Heritage 2020 forestry group also called for a county wide fire safe plan.

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