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SLO City Fire Department releases Community Wildfire Protection Plan

Posted at 10:56 PM, Sep 04, 2019
and last updated 2019-09-05 21:12:38-04

The San Luis Obispo City Fire Department has announced its new Community Wildfire Protection Plan.

The San Luis Obispo City Council received the plan on Wednesday.

The plan outlines how to prepare and what to do in case of an emergency. Another focus for this plan is minimizing the wildfire risk to watershed lands, assets, firefighters, and local residents.

A concern for the San Luis Obispo Fire Department is making sure families have an emergency plan on deck for their houses and an evacuation plan for their families.

"Ultimately we want their homes to be able to stand on their own in the event of a wildfire, so that if they weren't home or they evacuated and there were no firefighters available because they were fighting the fire or tied up on something else, that your home would be able to stand on its own" said Fire Chief Keith Aggson.

The City Council and the Fire Department will use several methods to make sure the plan is effective -- including wildfire risk assessments and community outreach.

The plan will be managed and updated routinely by the city fire department with input from the community.

Click here to read the full plan.

Community members are also invited to a preparedness workshop on September 12. The workshop will include resources for disaster preparedness and information on what to do when a disaster happens. That meeting takes place at the County Library at 4 p.m.