The city of Beverly Hills will release an assessment of its wildfire risk on Friday, July 9, and will hold public meetings at 10 a.m. on July 12 and 6 p.m. on July 13 to provide an overview with the report’s authors and information about wildfire safety.
The Wildfire Assessment Report examines many key areas related to fire safety including public trees, private landscaping, education, evacuation challenges, smoke impacts and structure resiliency. Both meetings will cover the same information.
In the new report, the number of trees recommended for timely removal to reduce risk is dramatically lower than indicated in a previous study, decreasing from 1,200 to under 100 trees. The revised number is the result of new technology that pinpoints the community’s most significant vulnerabilities, city of Beverly Hills spokesman Keith Sterling said in a press release.
“Protecting our community from the very real danger of wildfire is our top priority,” Beverly Hills Fire Chief Greg Barton added. “In recent years, the Beverly Hills Fire Department has taken many steps to prepare for a wildfire bordering on the community, but additional action is necessary, especially focused on vegetation including trees that provide fuel to fires and block escape. The department is taking numerous actions to improve wildfire safety, but residents must also take responsibility, including clearing brush away from homes, keeping vehicles away from evacuation routes during red flag days, and creating family escape and communications plans.”
Barton said the report offers a “holistic approach” to addressing fire safety, and he encouraged residents to join one of the meetings. Both meetings will be held in-person in the Beverly Hills City Council chambers in City Hall, 455 North Rexford Drive. The public can also participate virtually by visiting beverlyhills.org/live.
To view the report and wildfire safety information, visit beverlyhills.org/firesafety. For questions, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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