Attend one of a series of public meetings, where you can give input on how the City and community can best reduce wildfire risk. Next meeting: Sept. 28.
Share your thoughts via an online survey or at an upcoming meeting as we start developing a plan to best protect the Berkeley community from wildfires – which are more frequent, destructive, and fast-moving than ever.
In the survey, we’ll want to know how you see your community’s risk level, what risks you see, and what actions you think will help your neighborhood. Please complete the survey by August 31.
Your input over the next eight months will help us develop a plan that will lay out the hazards and risks that Berkeley faces from wildfires, and identify key goals, programs, and projects to manage those hazards and risks.
Throughout the fall and winter, we will have more opportunities for you to share feedback, including interactive maps, virtual meetings, and online surveys. We aim to finalize the plan by March 2023.
Attend the first meeting on August 3
Learn about wildfire hazards and risks in Berkeley and about ways to get involved in the planning process at our first meeting:
Disaster and Fire Safety Commission
Wednesday, August 3
7:00 pm–9:00 pm
Join on Zoom
During this meeting, staff will introduce the Community Wildfire Protection Plan, a tool many other cities and counties use to prepare for wildfires. The meeting will cover:
- Process and timeline for developing the plan
- How to share your input throughout the planning process
- An overview of a community base map, which you can use to learn about existing wildfire hazards and risks in Berkeley, where fires have happened in the past, evacuation zones and routes, and more.
Other ways to get involved
Fill out our online survey by August 31 to tell us what factors you think contribute to wildfire risk in your neighborhood, how prepared your neighborhood is to deal with wildfire risk, and what actions your neighborhood could take to become more prepared.
Sign up for our mailing list to receive updates on how to get involved. Future input opportunities will include online surveys and an interactive map. You can also send comments at any time to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Make a plan to attend a future Disaster and Fire Safety Committee meeting to discuss this project:
- September 28, 7:00 pm–9:00 pm
- December 7, 7:00 pm–9:00 pm
- January 25, 2023, 7:00 pm–9:00 pm
Purpose of the Community Wildfire Protection Plan
The Community Wildfire Protection Plan will identify goals and projects for residents, community members, and the City of Berkeley to prioritize in order to manage the hazards and risks posed by wildfires.
The plan will include goals for improving wildfire response, community preparedness, fuel management, infrastructure, ignition reduction, home hardening, and more. Input from the public and other stakeholders is key to prioritizing these efforts.
This plan is one of several projects the Berkeley Fire Department is leading to better prepare our community for the growing threat of wildfires. Funding for these efforts is provided by Measure FF, a parcel tax approved by Berkeley voters in 2020.