Sonora, CA — The Tuolumne County Supervisors heard an update on the topic of fire safety and resiliency at this week’s meeting.
Monthly updates are scheduled in response to the Chairman’s Initiative to make fire resiliency the major focus of 2019.
It was noted that a newly formed Fire Safety and Community Resilience Task Force met for the first time on February 7. Stakeholders on hand included CAL Fire, Tuolumne County Fire, the Sheriff’s Office, Human Services Agency, the Agricultural Commissioner, City of Sonora, Stanislaus National Forest, TUD, Tuolumne County Transportation Council, Hetch Hetchy Water and Power, Twain Harte Community Services District, Groveland Community Services District, Lake Don Pedro Community Services District, Southwest Interface Team, Tuolumne Band of Me-Wuk Indians, Area 12 Agency on Aging, Sonora Area Foundation, Caltrans and PG&E. There will likely be additional groups at future meetings.
It was noted that town hall community meetings are being planned for next month in Ponderosa Hills, Big Hill/Cedar Ridge/Sonora Meadows/Brentwood Park, Groveland, Willow Springs/Soulsbyville/Crystal Falls/Phoenix Lake, Twain Harte/Mi-Wuk Village/Sugar Pine, Sonora, Columbia, Tuolumne and Don Pedro. The dates and locations have not been finalized.
There will be a three tiered approach to reduce wildland fires.
1. Community hardening projects
2. Education and Outreach
3. Regulatory Advocacy
Early steps under community hardening, include roadside brushing and clearing, road improvements for additional ingress and egress, hazard tree removal, assisting with defensible space, fuel break maintenance and/or creation, increasing emergency communication options and fuel reduction projects.