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COUNTY PROCEEDS WITH VEGETATION MANAGEMENT & PROCUREMENT OF FIRE RETARDANT

04/26/22

 

Chair Nathan Fletcher and the San Diego County Board of Supervisors today approved a policy to allow for the procurement of an environmentally-safe fire retardant to be use for roadside vegetation, and approved the County’s updated Roadside Vegetation Management for Evacuation Preparedness Program. Chair Fletcher released the following statement: 

“Our actions today are a continuation of the commitment this Board of Supervisors made last year to ensure our County is ready to respond to wildfires, and take the preventative measures necessary to protect residents and their property,” said Chair Fletcher. “Wildfire preparedness is a top priority for this County, and we will invest where necessary to keep San Diegans safe.”    

A total of 79% of the unincorporated area in San Diego County is designated as High or Very High Fire Hazard Severity Zones.

Last year the Board of Supervisors approved actions for there to be an expanded roadside vegetation management program, and County Fire and DPW have identified 200 lane-miles of critical evacuation corridors with single entry and exit points that may benefit from additional roadside vegetation management for fire safety. 

Click here to read more about the policy the Board of Supervisors supported today.