Fire-Adapted Communities

The Fire-Adapted Communities Work Group is the single group dedicated to Goal 2, which strives to protect our communities from the disruption and devastation of wildfire. CAL FIRE and other state agencies will increase their assistance programs and partnerships with local communities to reduce risk, improve preparedness, and foster resilience. While each community has a unique set of needs, values, risks, and capacities, CAL FIRE, the USFS, and key stakeholders are developing a common framework to facilitate comprehensive local plans.


Community Risk Reduction & Adaptation Planning

WUI Structure/Parcel/Community Fire Hazard Mitigation Methodology (NIST Technical Note 2205)

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The State of California’s Adaptation Planning Guide provides comprehensive guidance for assessing climate vulnerability and adapting to climate change,

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OPR’s Fire Hazard Planning Technical Advisory

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UCANR –  Building to Coexist with Fire: Risk Reduction Measures for New Development

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Wildfire-Prone Home & Neighborhood Protection

CAL FIRE’s Defensible Space Program 

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CalOES/CAL FIRE – California Wildfire Mitigation Program 

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Appendix A in the WUI Structure/Parcel/Community Fire Hazard Mitigation Methodology 

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FIre-Safe Roadways & Utilities

Caltrans – Roadside Fire Fuels Reduction

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CNRA – Office of Energy Infrastructure

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Plan for Smoke Impact

CARB – Protect Yourself from Wildfire Smoke

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CA Smoke Spotter App

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Asbestos and Natural Disasters Guide

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Work Group: Fire-Adapted Communities

Partnering Organizations

Work Group leads:

University of California Cooperative Extension – Yana Valachovic
CAL FIRE – Tadashi Moody
CA Dept. of Conservation – Nic Entice
Caltrans – Lisa Worthington 
California Air Resources Board– Alan Talhelm
Moore Foundation Strategic Advisor
– Kate Dargan
CA Dept. of Housing & Community Development – Clay Kerchof
Office of Planning & Research – Sloane Viola
USFS, Pacific SW Region – Barbara Geringer-Frazer
CA Forestry Stewardship Council – Jacy Hyde
ForEverGreen Forestry – Tracy Katelman
CA Wildfire Mitigation Program – J. Lopez
CA Dept. of Insurance
– Mike Peterson
Butte County Fire Safe Council
– Calli-Jane West
City of Glendale Fire Marshal – Foster McLean
Energy Safety – Susie Rose

Steve Hawks

Michelle Medley-Daniel 

Special Project Leads

Erik de Kok
– Ascent Environmental

Laura Tam
– Resources Legacy Fund

Molly Mowery
– Community Wildfire Planning Center


Key Actions Assigned:

2.1 – 2.32