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Wildfire Preparedness and Response


The science is clear: each year, our wildfires are made more extreme by the proliferating effects of climate change. While we make substantial efforts to combat the climate crisis, we must not neglect the present threat of wildfires in our region. It is on us to do all in our power to prepare for extreme wildfires and ensure that all residents of our region have the information and resources they need to stay safe. For these resources, visit ReadySanDiego.org. Chair Fletcher is taking bold steps to encourage regional cooperation amongst first responders and local governments, ensuring that partnerships are set in place so that teams of responders can meet the moment of urgent threats. Furthermore, as Chair, he has gotten millions of dollars appropriated within the County Budget to fortify existing technologies and innovate new technologies so that our region can fight wildfires like never before. When the threat intensifies, so should our capabilities to respond. While making sure our region has all it needs to handle the wildfire season, Chair Fletcher is also fighting tirelessly for environmental policies which will curb the climate crisis and identify critical steps to tackle the conditions which are worsening wildfires in our region. With wildfire no longer being a seasonal concern, San Diego County is #ReadyToRespond

News: Wildfire Preparedness and Response

Supervisors OK fee waivers for those affected by Border Fire

09/15/22

County supervisors Wednesday unanimously approved giving residents affected by the recent Border Fire a break by waiving permit and document fees, including for vital records.

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SUPERVISORS VOTE TO WAIVE FEES FOR PEOPLE AFFECTED BY RECENT BORDER 32 FIRE

09/14/22

Chair Nathan Fletcher, Supervisor Joel Anderson and the San Diego County Board of Supervisors voted to waive fees for people affected by the Border 32 Fire when they apply for a permit to rebuild a structure, or acquire replacement copies of important documents lost in the fire, such as birth certificates.

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San Diego Supervisors OK fee waivers for those affected by border fire

09/14/22

County supervisors Wednesday unanimously approved giving residents affected by the recent Border Fire a break by waiving permit and document fees, including for vital records.

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County Urges People to Take Emergency Precautions Before Disaster Strikes

09/01/22

County officials urged people to take emergency precautions before disaster strikes during an update on the Border 32 fire.

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3-YEAR HOME HARDENING GRANT PROGRAM APPROVED FOR DULZURA, POTRERO & CAMPO

06/14/22

Eligible families living in the areas of Dulzura, Potrero and Campo where wildfires are very prevalent will have an opportunity to applying for up-to $40,000 in home hardening and defensible space improvement grants between 2022 and 2024 from a $24 million pot of money received as part of the California Wildfire Home Hardening Program.

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Supervisors OK $24M Wildfire Home Hardening Program for 3 Rural Communities

06/14/22

County supervisors Tuesday voted 5-0 in favor of a $24 million grant program in which eligible residents in three communities can apply for funds to help them better protect their homes in wildfire-prone areas.

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County and City Leaders Ready to Respond Together to Disasters

05/04/22

Leaders from the County and City of San Diego met Wednesday at the County Emergency Operations Center to highlight collaboration and cooperation in responding to regional disasters.

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COUNTY WILL PURCHASE TWIN ENGINE HELICOPTER TO FIGHT FIRES

04/26/22

Chair Nathan Fletcher and his colleagues on the Board of Supervisors unanimously voted to support his policy for the County to purchase a twin-engine helicopter to support wildfire preparedness and prevention.

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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:

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County considers buying new $16M firefighting helicopter

04/19/22

San Diego County Supervisor Board Chair Nathan Fletcher says he will ask fellow supervisors to approve the purchase of a new twin-engine firefighting helicopter, expected to cost $16 million.

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3 YEAR IMPACT REPORT RELEASED BY SUPERVISOR NATHAN FLETCHER’S OFFICE

12/21/21

Nathan Fletcher, Chair of the San Diego County Board of Supervisors, has released an interactive, multimedia “3 Year Impact Report” to highlight some of the progress that has taken place at the County since January 2019 when he began representing San Diego County’s 4th Supervisorial District.

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SD County Supervisors OK over $1M in fire suppression grants

12/07/21

The San Diego County Board of Supervisors Tuesday unanimously approved receiving more than $1.09 million in grants for fire suppression activities, including defensible space and training.

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CHAIR FLETCHER & OTHER SUPES APPROVE NEARLY $1.1M MORE FOR COUNTY FIRE PREVENTION & SUPPRESSION ACTIVITIES

12/07/21

Chair Nathan Fletcher and the other members of the San Diego County Board of Supervisors today authorized receipt of $1,097,129 in grants from four different entities to support fire prevention activities such as creating defensible space, fire suppression tools, and training.

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Supervisors approve over $1M in fire suppression grants

12/07/21

The San Diego County Board of Supervisors Tuesday unanimously approved receiving more than $1.09 million in grants for fire suppression activities, including defensible space and training.

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San Diego County to Invest In More Wildfire Mitigation & Preparedness Resources

10/05/21

Chair Nathan Fletcher, and his colleagues on the Board of Supervisors, voted in support of three policies to increase the County’s investment in wildfire mitigation and preparedness.

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Good Decision to Reinvest Federal Funds for Independent Fire Districts

08/31/21

“Distributing federal funds to our local fire districts is the right action, at the right time. Our firefighters stepped up during the pandemic to reduce community transmission of COVID-19; replenishing these dollars with federal resources ensures they are able to support the safety and security needs of our residents.”

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San Diego County is Ready to Respond to Wildfires and Encourages Residents to Prepare

07/22/21

San Diego County is prepared, and ready to respond, to wildfires. This week Chair Nathan Fletcher along with Supervisor Joel Anderson, CAL FIRE/San Diego County Fire Protection District, the San Diego Sheriff’s Department, San Diego Fire-Rescue and other regional partners laid-out their plans for responding quickly to wildfires, highlighted recent investments in wildfire prevention and urged residents to proactively protect their homes.

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Local fire authorities say they are ready to respond to ‘unprecedented’ wildfire crisis

07/19/21

State and county authorities outlines the resources available to fight wildfires, and gave the public tips on how to keep themselves safe.

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San Diego County is Ready to Respond to Wildfires, Encourage Residents to Prepare

07/16/21

San Diego County Residents Should Sign-Up for Alert San Diego to Receive Updates on Wildfires; San Diego County’s invested more than $575 Million since 2003 to Expand its Wildfire Response Capacity

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San Diego County officials tout wildfire response, urge residents to prepare

07/16/21

San Diego County leaders and fire officials spoke about the plans they have in place as temperatures rise, increasing the likelihood of wildfires.

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