Planners Pint Night: Planning for Wildfires
Wednesday, August 14, 2019
5:30 p.m. - 7 p.m. PDT
Sacramento, CA, United States
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Roughly one year ago, in mid-July to August 2018, a series of large wildfires erupted across California, mostly in the northern part of the state. This became the deadliest and most destructive wildfire season on record in California. There were a total of 8,527 fires burning an area of 1,893,913 acres total (roughly the size of the State of Delaware), and was considered the largest area of burned acreage recorded in a fire season. These fires then continued their destructive path throughout the state and burned into late November 2018. Unfortunately, this type of destruction from wildfires is becoming all too common.
Wildfires are both dangerous and costly, yet people continue to build in wildfire-prone areas. This poses challenges for governments and planners, who must decide whether to permit development in such areas, and how best to design for developments that are allowed. Better planning prior to, during, and after a wildfire event can help reduce the vulnerability of new/existing development as well as provide better assessments of the suitability of an area for development. This PPN discussion will provide expert testimony on how the role of the planner can be used to help prepare for, manage, and recover from wildfire disasters. Join us and our panel of experts to discuss how planners can make a difference in addressing wildfire risks.
Hannah Kornfeld, Hannah.Kornfeld@ascentenvironmental.com