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Chico City Council approves of wildfire protection plan

With wildfire season approaching, the Chico City Council is taking steps to protect the community from potential catastrophe.

Posted: Apr 7, 2021 8:23 AM

CHICO, Calif. - Tuesday night, Chico City Council unanimously approved of a plan to help reduce the risk of wildfire in the area.

The city approved what is called the Vegetative Fuels Management Plan.

This plan will cover the city’s nearly 6,400 acres of parks, greenways, and open spaces.

Action News Now spoke with City Manager Mark Orme before the council meeting about what this plan will look like.

Orme explained, “One of the opportunities that we took advantage of in this past year was applying for a grant to create a plan that would be a master plan of all of our areas where potential fuel load can be seen, brush, trees, etc., and how we can help mitigate and keep under control of those areas, so they don’t get overgrown for a potential fire hazard.”

The funds will come from a Cal Fire Community Wildfire Prevention Grant.

With this plan, the city will look at a large amount of open space and create a system of maintenance to keep the entire city safe from fire.

Orme and the city council hope that this plan will bring some peace of mind for Chico locals, especially those who live near these areas.

“When we see the state of California continually struggling to manage and deal with wildfires, to know that your city has a plan is something that should benefit every member of this community," Orme said.

It has not been determined when the city will start seeing this plan in action.

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