New Wildfire White Paper developed by the ABAG and MTC Resilience Program explores the strategies communities currently use to mitigate wildfire risk. Available at http://resilience.abag.ca.gov/wp-content/uploads/Fire-Study-FINAL.pdf, the paper characterizes wildfire hazard in the region, assesses existing wildfire hazard maps, and includes a literature review of Bay Area fire planning documents. A suite of appendices provide links to resources to support communities engaged in wildfire mitigation efforts in their communities. In addition to the paper, a searchable database of wildfire mitigation strategies is also available showcasing the 350+ strategies discussed in the 15 reviewed Bay Area fire planning documents. Resources are available at http://resilience.abag.ca.gov/wildfires/.
The White Paper is a resource for Bay Area communities to better understand wildland fire risks. Wildfires are common in the Bay Area — in the past 60 years the region has experienced over 500 wildfires. The vast majority are contained and extinguished quickly, but the region also has a history of fast moving and dangerous wildfires. Most recently a collection of 2017 North Bay Fires killed 31 residents within the nine-county Bay Area region and destroyed 8,000 structures. In 1991, fires in the East Bay hills resulted in 25 deaths and the loss of over 3,000 homes. To address wildfire risks, communities across the Bay Area have adopted plans and continue to implement strategies to reduce the exposure of communities to wildfire risks, and should an uncontrollable fire occur, reduce the consequences to people, property and the environment.