Napa County Fears State’s Proposed Fire Rules Could Trigger Costly Road Improvements | Local News
“Napa County has lost over 1,300 homes in the past four years to wildfires… many of these homeowners are retired, with limited economic assets. The proposed regulation would prevent hundreds of homeowners from returning to their homes, ”he wrote.
Pedroza suggested wording changes for the draft regulation that would address these concerns. For example, the State could set “intensity” and “density” thresholds deemed too minor to trigger route changes.
California has broken long-standing records for the largest, deadliest and most destructive wildfires in recent years. Narrow, overgrown roads in fire-prone areas endanger the lives of firefighters and residents, the Forestry Council said in a March document.
“These narrow roads do not and will not allow simultaneous use by evacuating citizens and responding to firefighters’ equipment,” said the state document.
Anything that increases the number of people on a site who must be evacuated during a fire is relevant to these regulations, said Edith Hannigan, land use manager for the Forestry Council, at a workshop on November 18 on the draft regulation.
“Maybe you have a tasting room at a vineyard or event venue or you have some type of commercial use where more visitors in particular will be on site more frequently,” she said during the event online.