Union-Tribune: Fire inspections expand beyond brush and weeds to cover structural issues; complaints getting more attention; new policies help prepare San Diego for 2021 wildfire season

San Diego’s new firefighting helicopter is one of many reasons city officials feel more prepared than usual for the 2021 wildfire season. The S-70i Firehawk helicopter made a demonstration water drop in 2019 at the Montgomery-Gibbs Executive Airport in Kearny Mesa.(Howard Lipin/The San Diego Union-Tribune)
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As published online in the San Diego Union-Tribune June 25, 2021: San Diego officials say they feel better prepared for what appears to be an unusually dangerous fire season in 2021 because of new efforts by the city and a new state policy. The city has expanded its wildfire prevention efforts with new campaigns to evaluate the structural safety of homes near canyons and to respond more quickly to complaints about dangerous flammable brush.

City officials are also praising a new state policy that exempts property owners from some habitat and environmental prohibitions in cases where they need to clear flammable brush in sensitive areas or conduct other-fire-prevention efforts. The new campaigns and policies come with officials especially concerned about this year’s fire season because of low rainfall this winter and spring, and long-term forecasts showing less rain than usual this fall.

That’s an excerpt. To read more about updated policies related to brush complaints, inspections of canyon rim properties, brush clearing in sensitive habitats, fire safe councils, homeless encampments, and the newer firefighting helicopter, visit: https://www.sandiegouniontribune.com/news/politics/story/2021-06-25/new-property-inspection-policies-have-san-diego-better-prepared-than-usual-for-2021-wildfire-season

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