New Trainings in California: An Introduction to Land Use Planning for Wildfires

CAL FIRE / Office of the State Fire Marshal’s Community Wildfire Preparedness and Mitigation Division and the  Community Wildfire Planning Center are offering free trainings that provide an Introduction to Land Use Planning for Wildfires in California.

Attendees who participate in this training will: 

  • Increase foundational understanding of California state requirements for land use planning in fire hazard areas, including the General Plan Safety Element, Fire Safe Regulations, Subdivision Review Program, and applicable chapters of California Building and Fire Codes 
  • Expand knowledge of wildfire vulnerabilities in the built environment at different scales, including subdivision and lot scales
  • Learn about best practices and resources for proactive planning in the wildland-urban interface based on recent guidance issued by the Office of Planning and Research, CAL FIRE, Community Wildfire Planning Center, and other organizations
  • Interact with peers to exchange perspectives on fire mitigation and planning through exercises and facilitated discussions
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Many lessons were learned in the aftermath of the multiple fires throughout California. The Land Use Planning for Wildfires in California training was on point. Coordination between jurisdiction departments (Fire, Building, Planning, and Engineering) and state agencies plays an integral role in planning communities in wildland-urban interface areas.

Tony Lindsey
Community Development Director - Building and Code Enforcement, Fire Prevention
Town of Paradise
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I think this training will break down silos and improve communication for anyone working at the intersection of planning and wildfire. Planners will learn something new about fire, and fire professionals will learn something new about the planning world.

Claire McCoy
Wildfire Planning Specialist
California State Board of Forestry & Fire Protection
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This training is an excellent resource for staff planners in wildland-urban interface areas to better understand how state laws, fire behavior, and local planning tools can all work together to effectively incorporate fire resiliency at a local level. Group discussions between planning and fire professionals, each with their own unique experiences, spark engaged discussions that lead to valuable takeaways for attendees.

Susan Hartman
Community Development Director - Planning and Wastewater
Town of Paradise
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This training equips practitioners with the information they need to help communities plan for wildfire resilience. The training facilitators are the preeminent wildfire planning experts and offer clear and engaging instruction on wildfire behavior; risk reduction activities; planning and development requirements; and local use planning tools.

Clay Kerchof
Disaster Recovery Specialist II
California Department of Housing & Community Development

Who should attend?

These are free, all-day, in person trainings that are open to land use planners, fire marshals, fire chiefs, fire mitigation specialists, building officials, and other professionals from government agencies and the private sector who engage in planning, policy, development review and/or approval activities in California.

TRAINING DATES AND LOCATIONS

Trainings will be held at eight different locations in California between January and April 2023.

Riverside – Jan 24

Lake Forest – Jan 26

Redding – February 16

Roseville – Mar 7

City of Morgan Hill – Mar 9

Del Rey – Apr 18

Los Osos – Apr 20

San Diego – Feb 7

07 Feb

An Introduction to Land Use Planning for Wildfires in California - San Diego

The training is 9:00 AM – 4:30 PM PST. Lunch is provided for free. We will strive to provide vegetarian, gluten free, dairy free, and [...]
16 Feb

An Introduction to Land Use Planning for Wildfires in California - Redding

The training is 9:00 AM – 4:30 PM PST. Lunch is provided for free. We will strive to provide vegetarian, gluten free, dairy free, and [...]
07 Mar

An Introduction to Land Use Planning for Wildfires in California - Roseville

The training is 9:00 AM – 4:30 PM PST. Lunch is provided for free. We will strive to provide vegetarian, gluten free, dairy free, and [...]
09 Mar

An Introduction to Land Use Planning for Wildfires in California - City of Morgan Hill

The training is 9:00 AM – 4:30 PM PST. Lunch is provided for free. We will strive to provide vegetarian, gluten free, dairy free, and [...]
18 Apr

An Introduction to Land Use Planning for Wildfires in California - Del Rey

The training is 9:00 AM – 4:30 PM PST. Lunch is provided for free. We will strive to provide vegetarian, gluten free, dairy free, and [...]
20 Apr

An Introduction to Land Use Planning for Wildfires in California - Los Osos

The training is 9:00 AM – 4:30 PM PST. Lunch is provided for free. We will strive to provide vegetarian, gluten free, dairy free, and [...]

Training Instructors

Molly Mowery, AICP

Molly Mowery, AICP

Executive Director, Community Wildfire Planning Center

Molly Mowery is a trained and certified land use planner with more than 15 years of experience. She has been a pioneer in integrating land use planning with wildfire mitigation and adaptation strategies for communities across the U.S. and Canada. Molly developed the first wildland-urban interface planning course for FEMA, was the lead author of APA’s PAS Report: Planning the Wildland-Urban Interface, and drafted land use planning guidance for the Canada’s National Guide for Wildland-Urban interface Fires. Molly frequently presents on wildfire planning topics and provided the Norman Williams Distinguished Lecture in Land Use Planning and Law in 2021. She is chair-elect of the American Planning Association’s Hazard Mitigation and Disaster Recovery Division. Molly has a Bachelor of Arts from Naropa University and a Master in City Planning from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Kelly Johnston, RPF, FBAN

Kelly Johnston, RPF, FBAN

Operations Manager, Community Wildfire Planning Center

Kelly Johnston is a Chief Fire Officer, Registered Professional Forester, and Fire Behavior Analyst with more than 31 years of experience in wildfire management locally, nationally, and internationally.  Kelly led the development and implementation of the REALFire (U.S.) and FireSmart Home Partners (Canada) Home Ignition Zone assessment programs. He also developed the first wildland-urban interface regulation course for FEMA, co-authored APA’s PAS report: Planning the Wildland-Urban Interface and served as the WUI subject matter expert and task group lead in the development of Canada’s first National Guide for Wildland-Urban interface Fires. He remains active in national and international initiatives, including appointments as an NFPA Wildland and Rural Fire Protection Technical Committee member, an NRC WUI Technical Committee member, and CAFC Climate Adaption Committee member.

Matt Damon

Matt Damon

Staff Chief, CAL FIRE / Office of the State Fire Marshal

Matt Damon is Staff Chief of Community Wildfire Mitigation Assistance where he oversees the CAL FIRE Land Use Planning Program and the Wildfire Prevention Grants Program. Matt entered the fire service as a volunteer with the City of Oroville Fire Department in 1994, becoming the fourth generation of his family in the fire service.  Matt began his career with CAL FIRE in 1996 and has served in several Units and Programs within the department in that time.  Matt has a Bachelor’s Degree from CSU, Chico, is an OSFM Certified Fire Officer and a graduate of the 25th Butte Fire Academy.

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AICP CM Credits

This training is being sponsored by the American Planning Association (APA) California Chapter to provide Certificate Maintenance (CM) credits for AICP planners. CM credit information is available for each separate training on APA’s website under Conferences and Learning / Educational Events / Live In-Person Events: “An Introduction to Land Use Planning for Wildfires in California”.

 

Acknowledgements

Funding for An Introduction to Land Use Planning for Wildfires in California Trainings was provided by the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection as part of the California Climate Investments Program, a statewide program that puts billions of Cap-and-Trade dollars to work reducing GHG emissions, strengthening the economy, and improving public health and the environment—particularly in disadvantaged communities. For more information, visit the California Climate Investments website.