Assembly Natural Resources Committee Approves Frazier Bill To Establish The California Fire Safe Council

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SACRAMENTO, CA -  This morning, Assemblymember Jim Frazier's (D-Fairfield) bill to establish the California Fire Safe Council within the Natural Resources Agency was passed.

"Californians have suffered through the worst fire seasons in the state's recorded history. As a result, urgent funding from an immense variety of sources has been dedicated to California's firefighting resources and emergency response capabilities. AB 981 will make it possible for those resources to be distributed immediately and effectively," said Assemblymember Frazier.

AB 981 will establish the California Fire Safe Council within the Natural Resources Agency to serve as an independent body that can offer expert recommendations to coordinate and streamline the vast array of programs and funding available to communities for wildfire risk reduction and mitigation. AB 981 will also designate the newly-created California Fire Safe Council as a dedicated entity for critical technical assistance to community organizations and would require it to report to the Legislature on the state of fire science research within California.

"Without effective community and homeowner adoption of risk adaptations, wildfire mitigation measures, and fire response technologies, Californians will continue to face devastating losses of lives and homes year after year," said Assemblymember Frazier. "The establishment of the California Fire Safe Council will improve the effectiveness of these investments by offering recommendations for coordinating and streamlining funds for specific activities at the community and homeowner level."

Many programs seek to address these critical needs at the local level, and the California Fire Safe Council will offer considered recommendations to enhance the impact of every dollar by unifying funding streams and coordinating program efforts across the state. The California Fire Safe Council will also act as a link for technical support for local organizations to assist them in accessing and applying these technologies to their own local needs. California's world-class researchers and research institutions are the preeminent scholars on fire science, and Californians should take full advantage of their deep expertise to better protect communities and ecosystems in the most vulnerable fire risk zones.

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Assemblymember Frazier represents the 11th Assembly District, which includes the communities of Antioch, Bethel Island, Birds Landing, Brentwood, Byron, Collinsville, Discovery Bay, Fairfield, Isleton, Knightsen, Locke, Oakley, Pittsburg (partial), Rio Vista, Suisun City, Travis AFB, Vacaville and Walnut Grove.