Fire Safe Planning Program
Developing California communities with Fire Safe Planning within the urban-wildland interface (UWI) helps structures survive wildfires. It is aimed at federal, state and local fire prevention staff to help homeowners, landowners, decision-makers, and local government planners make informed land use decisions.
Structures and lives are put at risk when accumulated fuels make property damage more likely and fire fighting harder. Increasing numbers of structures in the UWI change fire fighting strategies and hamper the ability of firefighters to defend public and private property. The Fire Safe Planning Program is responsible for providing access to and interpretation of fire safe laws and regulations covering general fire prevention and wildland fire safety, recommended standards for fire and building codes, including fire hazard assessment and zoning, infrastructure safety, hazard mitigation to create defensible space, and building construction standards. The program also provides guidelines for hands-on implementation of fire safe strategies for the development of public safety elements within county general plans.