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Series Of Public Meetings Will Be Held For Input On Fire Mitigation Efforts

Taking lessons from the Carr Fire and other disastrous fires here and elsewhere, the City of Redding is seeking public input while proposing some changes in building codes and land use regulations. As Fire Marshal Craig Wittner points out, until now steps to mitigate wildfire risks have been mostly voluntary, but the conditions become more dangerous each year and the reduction of dry fuels must be a community-wide effort. Steps could include the use of fire-resistant building materials, requiring defensible space standards for structures, hazardous vegetation removal on vacant and undeveloped parcels, and the strengthening of subdivision, development, zoning, building and fire codes. A series of public workshops will be held this month, as well as an online survey. The results will go to the Planning Commission and City Council before any final decisions are made. The first public meeting is Wednesday at the Martin Luther King Center from 4:30PM to 6:30PM. A developers and builders meeting is Friday at City Hall from 10 to Noon. Another public meeting is Saturday at the Teen Center in Caldwell Park from 10AM to Noon, and the last is June 24th at City Hall from 5PM to 7PM. More information, and a link to the online survey, is at cityofredding.org/wildfire.