Wildfires are one of the unexpected disasters that can result in catastrophic loss of both lives and property. In Southern California, these types of disasters are increasing with the development of urban communities within or adjacent to the wildland areas. Although we cannot predict when these fires will occur, we can prepare our homes and our properties for the best chance of survival.
Recently, the State put together Very High Fire Hazard Severity Zone Maps for all Local Responsibility Areas in Southern California to identify communities that were in wildland hazard zones, including Newport Beach. Once adopted by the Newport Beach City Council, these maps will affect homes in Newport Beach and require homeowners to create defensible space, build reconstructed and new homes to fire resistive standards, and disclose that the property is in the designated zone. In an effort to thoroughly educate our community about these maps, potential requirements, and wildfire dangers, the Newport Beach Fire Department will be conducting an informative series to educate residents and answer questions.
As part of the Fire Department’s community outreach efforts, we are encouraging all residents and community associations to log on to our website, www.nbfd.net
, to find out more about these maps and how they may affect your home and your neighborhood. Additionally, we would like to schedule community meetings with any interested associations or group regarding the adoption of these maps. To set up one of these meetings, please contact Fire Inspector Steve Michael at firstname.lastname@example.org
or Fire Marshal Ron Gamble at RGamble@nbfd.net
or call 949-644-3106 to speak with either of them.