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Committee To Review Monrovia's Wildfire Protection Plan

Monrovia's Community Wildfire Protection Plan (CWPP) Oversight Group will meet for the first time next month and the public is invited to attend.

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Following a two-step approach, the first meeting of the Community Wildfire Protection Plan (CWPP) Oversight Group has been scheduled for September 12, 2012 at 6:00 p.m. The meeting will be held in the Library Community Room and will include the 11-member group being provided an introduction to the draft plan to assist Fire Staff in further community collaboration and outreach processes. The public is invited to observe the interactions.

Chris Ziegler August 27, 2012 at 05:17 PM
Dan, Brush clearance can cause a fire when tools strike rocks or engines backfire (or the equipment operator's improperly discarded cigarette). Up north at Fort Hunter-Ligget you are encouraged to perform brush removal work before 10:00 AM, before the dew evaporates - The idea is the dew on plants will prevent a spark from igniting foliage. I agree with you, much of our brush clearance does look great, I am not criticizing - I am just a curious person by nature (I was one of those kids that always asked, "why?" - not a fun way to go through life) and just wondered why our regulations vary so much? A 100% increase is significant and has considerable costs. Is it because our terrain is steeper? Do we have higher winds? Or, is it a simple case of, "common sense"? Of which, I might ask (in a neutral tone of course) , "Are we sure this is in our best interests?"
Ellen Zunino August 27, 2012 at 10:16 PM
Brush clearance also often removes low-biomass native shrub vegetation and allows the spread of high-biomass flash fuels. I've watched residents clear out Mule Fat from an area that's grown in with non-native grasses, mustards, etc. The flash fuels need annual maintenance in terms of mowing which, if it's not done before seed sets, pushes the flash fuels into the Coastal Sage/Chaparral intermix increasing the fire danger. I've wondered whether residents who replace less flammable vegetation with more flammable vegetation go to bed at night thinking they are more fire-safe. Brush should be thinned but not cleared unless a revegetation plan - including supplemental summer irrigation - is in place. Watching the fuel load of cleared areas increase does not make me feel more safe.
Dan Crandell August 28, 2012 at 05:29 AM
Ellen ... decades ago the forestry service spend millions of dollars hydro seeding rye and other types of grasses on these hills following a fire. The idea was to hold soil against rain run off. That is not done now because I think it backfire because we now have caused losses of the natural mountain (forest) plants. A forest must burn to stay happy and healthy. Sometimes man should not mess with mother nature. I always liked that.
Kate K. August 28, 2012 at 04:42 PM
Can someone educate the rest of us about this Wildfire Protection Plan? We'd like to know about BOTH the CWPP and the CWPPOG (oversight group), please? Never heard of the Oversight Group before... When was it formed? What can it do (i.e. enact regulations, hold discussions, make suggestions, enact fees, etc. )? How were the people in/on the Oversight Group chosen? Are they fire dept. staff, self-appointed citizens, elected officials in other offices, elected by Monrovians, chosen by City staff, hand-selected appointees, or what ? What is the history of this Plan? I'd like the full story, please.
Kate K. August 28, 2012 at 04:50 PM
Closed meetings about so important and public an issue would have been a sad disservice to the people who live here. Glad to see that our governors are trying to make the City we all pay for a more open and public government, and less of the "private club"/clique it used to be, with the "we know what's best for everyone" attitude.

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