Approval of the recommended action to receive the report will have no fiscal implications.
REASONS FOR RECOMMENDATION
The increasing threat of wildland fire driven by a changing climate requires immediate action to manage hazardous fuel conditions, ensure efficient notification of the community during an emergency, and provide sufficient response resources to keep wildland urban interface (WUI) fires small.
The report is consistent with Priority 1 of the County’s recently adopted Fire Protection Legislative Policies (Attachment A, page 67).
The recommended action will have no/neutral impact on children and youth.
The recommended action will have no/neutral impact on seniors.
The recommended action will have no/neutral sustainability implications.
At the December 4, 2018 Board of Supervisors meeting, a board referral was given to the County Fire Chief due to the implications of the huge increase in wildland fires in the region and the potential risks to Santa Clara County. Specifically, the referral requested information on tools, technology, strategies, policies, procedures and resources available in the County as well as what additional resources are needed to protect our community. The Santa Clara County Fire Department (Central Fire Protection District) Fire Chief was asked to coordinate with the other fire districts (Los Altos Hills and South Santa Clara County), the Roads and Airports department, and County Parks and report back to the Board no later than April, 2019.
The Board’s request came shortly after the Camp fire destroyed the communities of Concow, Magalia, and Paradise in Butte County, ending the deadliest and most destructive year of wildland fires in California history. More than 20,000 structures were destroyed, over 1.9 million acres burned, and 98 people were killed. The Camp fire alone is estimated to have cost over $120 million to contain and burned more than 18,000 structures, becoming California’s most destructive wildland fire ever. This is remarkable considering just 13-months prior the Tubbs fire in Sonoma County had been the most destructive fire in California history burning 5,636 structures and killing 22 people. These fires fueled by dense, dry vegetation and warmer, drier weather have unfortunately become increasingly more common over the last several years and have resulted in rising suppression costs
 Camp Fire, Incident Status Summary (ICS-209), November 25, 2018