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The 2010 Strategic Fire Plan for California

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The 2010 Strategic Fire Plan for California

The California Fire Plan, a broad strategic document which guides fire policy for much of California is currently in the process of being updated.

California’s 1996 Fire Plan is an innovative plan aimed at reducing fire risk through pre-fire mitigation efforts tailored to local areas through a fuel, hazards, and risk assessment. It was crafted by the Board of Forestry and Fire Protection, a governor-appointed group responsible for setting forest policy and guiding development of guidelines for the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (Cal Fire). In 2009, the BoF invited key participants to take part in creating a new strategic vision. On February 11th, the fire plan update was released for a 60 day period of public review and comment. The draft can be downloaded here (PDF) and comments can be directed to board.public.comments@fire.ca.gov.

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California adopts new firesafe building standards

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California adopts new firesafe building standards

Last week the California State Building Standards Commission unanimously voted to adopt new fire and building standards that will come into effect in January 0f 2011. By far the biggest change is the requirement for fire sprinkler systems in all new single and two-family homes, which until now were only required by the state in commercial and apartment buildings. That’s great. There is plenty of evidence that residential sprinklers save lives, and the cost of the sprinkler is offset by reduced insurance premiums (PDF).

Just as significant in my mind are the new regulations aimed at new homes located in the volatile wildland-urban interface (WUI). Though they only apply to new construction (and the retrofit of homes that were already compliant with the regulation on WUI construction, Building Code Chapter 7a), the new standards are excellent and will dramatically increase the ignition-resistance of homes through vent protection and better construction requirements for windows, exterior walls, roofs, and decks.

The adoption of the 2010 California Fire and Building Standards brings California into line with the 2009 International Building, Fire, and Residential Code, a model building code developed by the International Code Council which is widely used in jurisdictions throughout the United States.

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