January 2024 Fire Safe Council Meeting Updates

The Yolo County Fire Safe Council kickoff meeting of 2024 happened on Wednesday, January 24, 2024 via Zoom from 4:00 to 5:15 pm. The meeting kicked off with announcements including one about an exhibit at the UC Davis Manetti Shrem Museum called Pyro Futures which explores the way fire and fire stewardship changes the California landscape. The exhibit opens on January 28 from 3-5 PM.  

The meeting continued with a presentation on the Regional Conservation Partnership Program for Yolo County called Building Grassland and Forest Resiliency. The program is a technical and financial assistance program offered by Yolo County RCD and NRCS that helps private landowners manage fuels on their properties. To learn more about the program, visit the program page here or contact Alli Permann, RCD Outreach Coordinator at permann@yolorcd.org.

The main action item for the meeting was approval from Yolo County Fire Safe Council members to sign a recommendation to the Board of Supervisors to authorize Yolo County RCD be the direct recipient of potential upcoming grant funding for a County Coordinator grant through the California Fire Safe Council. Previously, Yolo County RCD received County Coordinator grant funding, but the grant was administered through the County of Yolo. The recommendation would allow the RCD to be direct recipient for the grant funding as opposed to processing the funding and reporting through the County of Yolo.

The meeting wrapped up with regular reports from Yolo County Office of Emergency Services, Yolo County and Solano RCDs, Yolo Prescribed Burn Association, community Fire Safe Councils, and CAL FIRE. Notably, Tanya Meyer from Yolo County RCD, gave an update about CAL FIRE grants and Early Action Funds that allow for planning and implementation of Yolo County Community Wildfire Protection Plan priority projects.

To listen to the full meeting, click the link below to watch the meeting recording on YouTube.

The next Yolo County Fire Safe Council meeting is scheduled for Wednesday, February 28, 2024 at 4 PM.