Truckee’s wildfire protection plan focus of community meeting
TRUCKEE, Calif. — In 2015, a total of 6,355 wildfires burned across more than 300,000 acres in the state of California, according to Calfire. A year prior, roughly 4,300 wildfires spread through some 191,300 acres.
This means that, in a one-year span, the state saw more than 2,000 additional wildfires and, subsequently, 100,000 more acres burn.
With the number of wildfires in California continuing to grow due to the persisting drought, wildfire prevention has undoubtedly become a paramount issue for communities statewide.
With that in mind, on Thursday evening, the Truckee Fire Protection District will host a meeting that introduces the community to the newly formed Truckee Area Community Wildfire Protection Plan.
“The wildfire danger is probably the biggest threat to the Truckee-Tahoe area,” said Bill Seline, Truckee Fire Protection District deputy chief. “This plan is about developing a community-wide plan that involves all the stakeholders; developing a comprehensive map, if you will, of the projects that help reduce fuels, that ultimately reduces the wildfire threat.
“People who are interested in protecting the community, and want to know more, or have thoughts or advice to offer are encouraged to attend — because we want to have everybody’s input, and we want everyone to be represented in the community plan.”
Discussion items for the meeting include: high fire hazard areas, potential projects, how to reduce local wildfire hazards, and improving emergency access.
At the meeting, maps of projects that have been completed in other regions will also be laid out, Seline said, to accentuate how potential projects can help the Truckee-Tahoe area.
Seline said the early stages of the Truckee Area Community Wildfire Protection Plan started a year ago with discussions between area stakeholders and land managers. Bolstering the effort, in May the TFPD received a grant of roughly $27,000 in fire prevention funds from Calfire.
Shortly thereafter, a consultant was hired, maps were rolled out and marked, meetings were held through the summer, and before long the wildfire protection plan took shape.
“Part of the plan is to involve the community in this,” Seline said. “We wanted to make sure we had something to show them.”