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Are You Ready for Wildfire? Help us understand what your wildfire concerns and priorities are.

52 registered responses


How concerned are you about wildfire in Humboldt County

Response Percent Response Count
Slightly concerned 3.8% 2
Moderately concerned 36.5% 19
Extremely concerned 59.6% 31

Have you ever experienced a loss from wildfire?

Response Percent Response Count
Yes 5.8% 3
No 94.2% 49

If you answered 'yes' to the question above, tell us what you lost.

Answered
3
Skipped
49

In relation to wildfire, I believe Humboldt County in general is:

Response Percent Response Count
Adequately prepared for wildfire, but would like to see more being done 34.6% 18
Minimally prepared for wildfire 59.6% 31
Not at all prepared for wildfire 5.8% 3

In relation to wildfire, I believe my property and family are

Response Percent Response Count
Well prepared for wildfire 1.9% 1
Adequately prepared for wildfire, but could be better prepared 38.5% 20
Minimally prepared for wildfire 53.8% 28
Not at all prepared for wildfire 5.8% 3

Reducing wildfire risk to my family, home, and property is:

Response Percent Response Count
Very difficult 7.7% 4
Difficult 34.6% 18
Neither difficult or easy 44.2% 23
Easy 11.5% 6
Very easy 1.9% 1

Please indicate which, if any, of the following actions you have taken to manage the vegetation around your home:

Removed dead or dying vegetation around my home
Response Percent Response Count
Have done within the past 6 months 69.2% 36
Have done within past 6-24 months 17.3% 9
Have done in over 2 years or not at all 5.8% 3
Not applicable to my home 7.7% 4
Removed “ladder fuels.” (Low-level vegetation that allows fire to climb trees or structures.)
Response Percent Response Count
Have done within the past 6 months 51.9% 27
Have done within past 6-24 months 11.5% 6
Have done in over 2 years or not at all 15.4% 8
Not applicable to my home 21.2% 11
Trimmed tree canopies to keep their branches a minimum of 10 feet from structures or other trees around my home.
Response Percent Response Count
Have done within the past 6 months 38.5% 20
Have done within past 6-24 months 19.2% 10
Have done in over 2 years or not at all 21.2% 11
Not applicable to my home 21.2% 11
Removed leaf litter (dry leaves/needles) from yard, roof, and rain gutters.
Response Percent Response Count
Have done within the past 6 months 57.7% 30
Have done within past 6-24 months 19.2% 10
Have done in over 2 years or not at all 15.4% 8
Not applicable to my home 7.7% 4
Removed combustible material and vegetation from around and under decks.
Response Percent Response Count
Have done within the past 6 months 44.2% 23
Have done within past 6-24 months 17.3% 9
Have done in over 2 years or not at all 13.5% 7
Not applicable to my home 25.0% 13
Chipped or burned vegetation on the property.
Response Percent Response Count
Have done within the past 6 months 38.5% 20
Have done within past 6-24 months 19.2% 10
Have done in over 2 years or not at all 9.6% 5
Not applicable to my home 28.8% 15
Removed all combustible materials within 5 feet of my home.
Response Percent Response Count
Have done within the past 6 months 42.3% 22
Have done within past 6-24 months 19.2% 10
Have done in over 2 years or not at all 34.6% 18
Not applicable to my home 1.9% 1
Removed or pruned vegetation under roof vents.
Response Percent Response Count
Have done within the past 6 months 34.6% 18
Have done within past 6-24 months 11.5% 6
Have done in over 2 years or not at all 15.4% 8
Not applicable to my home 38.5% 20

Have you had a Defensible Space Inspection or Wildfire Risk Assessment at your home or property?

Response Percent Response Count
Yes 34.6% 18
No 65.4% 34

If you answered 'yes' to the question above, please let us know who conducted the inspection. Answers could include your local fire protection agency (please include name); CAL FIRE; federal fire protection agency (include name); local fire safe council (name); insurance company; or did it myself.

Answered
19
Skipped
33

The following statements reflect reasons why someone may or may not prepare their home or property to reduce the risks of wildfire. Please rate to what extent you agree or disagree with each of the following statements as they relate to why you have or have not mitigated your wildfire risk.

I know how to manage the vegetation around my home to reduce wildfire risks.
Response Percent Response Count
Strongly Disagree 1.9% 1
Disagree 5.8% 3
Neither Agree or Disagree 15.4% 8
Agree 48.1% 25
Strongly Agree 25.0% 13
I know how to make structural changes to my home to reduce wildfire risks.
Response Percent Response Count
Strongly Disagree 9.6% 5
Disagree 21.2% 11
Neither Agree or Disagree 17.3% 9
Agree 34.6% 18
Strongly Agree 17.3% 9
The recommended changes to my home or property interfere with how I want my property to be.
Response Percent Response Count
Strongly Disagree 13.5% 7
Disagree 30.8% 16
Neither Agree or Disagree 34.6% 18
Agree 17.3% 9
Strongly Agree 3.8% 2
The cost of preparing my home or property to reduce wildfire risks prevents me from taking action.
Response Percent Response Count
Strongly Disagree 11.5% 6
Disagree 21.2% 11
Neither Agree or Disagree 23.1% 12
Agree 25.0% 13
Strongly Agree 19.2% 10
There is no need to prepare my home or property because I have insurance that will cover any potential damage.
Response Percent Response Count
Strongly Disagree 61.5% 32
Disagree 21.2% 11
Neither Agree or Disagree 13.5% 7
Strongly Agree 3.8% 2
While I would like to make changes, at least I have insurance to cover a loss from fire.
Response Percent Response Count
Strongly Disagree 21.2% 11
Disagree 17.3% 9
Neither Agree or Disagree 25.0% 13
Agree 30.8% 16
Strongly Agree 3.8% 2
My physical abilities make it difficult to prepare my home or property to reduce wildfire risk.
Response Percent Response Count
Strongly Disagree 23.1% 12
Disagree 36.5% 19
Neither Agree or Disagree 17.3% 9
Agree 15.4% 8
Strongly Agree 7.7% 4
It is difficult to find the time to prepare my home or property to reduce wildfire risk.
Response Percent Response Count
Strongly Disagree 9.6% 5
Disagree 28.8% 15
Neither Agree or Disagree 26.9% 14
Agree 25.0% 13
Strongly Agree 7.7% 4
I’m concerned about impacting my view or privacy screening.
Response Percent Response Count
Strongly Disagree 36.5% 19
Disagree 26.9% 14
Neither Agree or Disagree 15.4% 8
Agree 17.3% 9
Strongly Agree 3.8% 2
It is difficult to dispose of the vegetation once I have removed it.
Response Percent Response Count
Strongly Disagree 21.2% 11
Disagree 32.7% 17
Neither Agree or Disagree 17.3% 9
Agree 15.4% 8
Strongly Agree 13.5% 7
Regulatory requirements or permitting prevent me from taking action to reduce my wildfire risk.
Response Percent Response Count
Strongly Disagree 26.9% 14
Disagree 34.6% 18
Neither Agree or Disagree 21.2% 11
Agree 9.6% 5
Strongly Agree 5.8% 3
Neighborhood rules or programs require me to prepare my home or property to reduce wildfire risk.
Response Percent Response Count
Strongly Disagree 28.8% 15
Disagree 34.6% 18
Neither Agree or Disagree 26.9% 14
Agree 3.8% 2
Strongly Agree 3.8% 2

How important is it to you to receive information on the following topics in relation to the wildfire risk in Humboldt County?

Fire hazards or other fuel-related concerns
Response Percent Response Count
Not Important 5.8% 3
Somewhat Important 15.4% 8
Important 48.1% 25
Very Important 30.8% 16
Air quality from wildfire or prescribed burning
Response Percent Response Count
Not Important 5.8% 3
Somewhat Important 17.3% 9
Important 34.6% 18
Very Important 42.3% 22
Evacuation planning
Response Percent Response Count
Not Important 1.9% 1
Somewhat Important 7.7% 4
Important 28.8% 15
Very Important 61.5% 32
Hazardous fuel reduction on nearby public lands
Response Percent Response Count
Not Important 3.8% 2
Somewhat Important 13.5% 7
Important 34.6% 18
Very Important 44.2% 23
Fire protection/fire fighting in my community
Response Percent Response Count
Not Important 3.8% 2
Somewhat Important 7.7% 4
Important 36.5% 19
Very Important 51.9% 27
Defensible space around homes and neighborhoods
Response Percent Response Count
Not Important 1.9% 1
Somewhat Important 9.6% 5
Important 34.6% 18
Very Important 53.8% 28
Fire safe construction or retrofitting (hardened homes)
Response Percent Response Count
Not Important 1.9% 1
Somewhat Important 25.0% 13
Important 34.6% 18
Very Important 38.5% 20
How to prepare water systems for efficient fire fighting access.
Response Percent Response Count
Not Important 7.7% 4
Somewhat Important 9.6% 5
Important 38.5% 20
Very Important 42.3% 22
Fire safe councils or Firewise
Response Percent Response Count
Not Important 5.8% 3
Somewhat Important 11.5% 6
Important 42.3% 22
Very Important 36.5% 19
Grant funding to assist me or my community to prepare for wildfire
Response Percent Response Count
Not Important 1.9% 1
Somewhat Important 5.8% 3
Important 32.7% 17
Very Important 55.8% 29
Water supply improvements
Response Percent Response Count
Not Important 5.8% 3
Somewhat Important 15.4% 8
Important 32.7% 17
Very Important 44.2% 23

What other topics related to wildfire risk would you like to receive information about?

Answered
13
Skipped
39

Prescribed fire and/or controlled burning is an important tool in Humboldt County to reduce the risk of larger wildfires.

Response Percent Response Count
Strongly Agree 59.6% 31
Agree 30.8% 16
Neither agree nor disagree 5.8% 3
Disagree 1.9% 1
Strongly Disagree 1.9% 1

Recognizing there are trade-offs in what can be accomplished given existing resources, how high a priority do you put on addressing the following concerns in relation to reducing losses from wildfire?

Vegetation management/fuel breaks on public lands (in general).
Response Percent Response Count
Low Priority 8.0% 4
Medium Priority 26.0% 13
High Priority 66.0% 33
Vegetation management: Mechanical thinning
Response Percent Response Count
Not Important 2.0% 1
Low Priority 12.0% 6
Medium Priority 36.0% 18
High Priority 44.0% 22
Vegetation management: Prescribed burning
Response Percent Response Count
Not Important 2.0% 1
Low Priority 8.0% 4
Medium Priority 30.0% 15
High Priority 54.0% 27
Improving fire department response time.
Response Percent Response Count
Low Priority 10.0% 5
Medium Priority 36.0% 18
High Priority 46.0% 23
Improving water supply for fire fighting.
Response Percent Response Count
Low Priority 8.0% 4
Medium Priority 28.0% 14
High Priority 58.0% 29
Creating defensible space on private, residential property.
Response Percent Response Count
Medium Priority 28.0% 14
High Priority 70.0% 35
Receiving air quality information regarding smoke from wildfires and/or prescribed fires.
Response Percent Response Count
Low Priority 32.0% 16
Medium Priority 26.0% 13
High Priority 38.0% 19
Protecting residents from smoke.
Response Percent Response Count
Not Important 4.0% 2
Low Priority 34.0% 17
Medium Priority 26.0% 13
High Priority 34.0% 17
Improving one-way in and out roads for evacuation.
Response Percent Response Count
Low Priority 8.0% 4
Medium Priority 26.0% 13
High Priority 64.0% 32
Addressing narrow roads for evacuation.
Response Percent Response Count
Low Priority 10.0% 5
Medium Priority 38.0% 19
High Priority 50.0% 25
Improving evacuation route signage.
Response Percent Response Count
Not Important 4.0% 2
Low Priority 14.0% 7
Medium Priority 30.0% 15
High Priority 50.0% 25
Improving large animal evacuations (horses, cattle, etc.)
Response Percent Response Count
Not Important 4.0% 2
Low Priority 32.0% 16
Medium Priority 30.0% 15
High Priority 34.0% 17
Improving small animal evacuations.
Response Percent Response Count
Not Important 6.0% 3
Low Priority 38.0% 19
Medium Priority 26.0% 13
High Priority 28.0% 14
Planning for local evacuations.
Response Percent Response Count
Low Priority 2.0% 1
Medium Priority 32.0% 16
High Priority 64.0% 32
Improving other evacuation issues. (Follow-up question below)
Response Percent Response Count
Not Important 2.0% 1
Low Priority 18.0% 9
Medium Priority 40.0% 20
High Priority 30.0% 15
Protecting environmentally sensitive areas from wildfire.
Response Percent Response Count
Not Important 2.0% 1
Low Priority 24.0% 12
Medium Priority 32.0% 16
High Priority 36.0% 18
Protecting historic structures from wildfire.
Response Percent Response Count
Not Important 6.0% 3
Low Priority 22.0% 11
Medium Priority 34.0% 17
High Priority 36.0% 18
Protecting critical infrastructure from wildfire
Response Percent Response Count
Low Priority 4.0% 2
Medium Priority 16.0% 8
High Priority 78.0% 39
Protecting specific values other than homes from wildfire. (Follow up question below)
Response Percent Response Count
Not Important 2.0% 1
Low Priority 32.0% 16
Medium Priority 30.0% 15
High Priority 16.0% 8
Reducing fire risks from indoor marijuana cultivation.
Response Percent Response Count
Not Important 6.0% 3
Low Priority 18.0% 9
Medium Priority 20.0% 10
High Priority 54.0% 27

What other local evacuation issues should be improved, and what level of priority would you give it?

Answered
18
Skipped
34

Other than homes, what specific values should we protect from wildfire, and what level of priority would you give it?

Answered
19
Skipped
33

Have you heard of or participated in the Humboldt County Community Wildfire Protection Plan (CWPP)?

Response Percent Response Count
Yes, I have heard of the CWPP 21.6% 11
Yes, I have participated in a community meeting or public review of the CWPP in the past. 15.7% 8
No, I had not heard of the CWPP before today. 29.4% 15
No, I had not heard of the CWPP before and would like more information about it 33.3% 17

Would you be interested in attending a community workshop on the Humboldt County Community Wildfire Protection Plan at one of the locations below?

Response Percent Response Count
Yes 40.0% 20
No 8.0% 4
I can't attend a meeting but would like more information about the CWPP process. 52.0% 26

If you answered 'yes' to the question above, please indicate which workshop(s) you would like to attend.

Response Percent Response Count
KNEELAND-MAPLE CREEK Thursday, October 26, from 6:00 to 8:00 pm. Kneeland Elementary School at 9313 Kneeland Road, Kneeland 5.0% 1
MID-KLAMATH AREA Monday, October 30, from 5:00 to 8:00 pm. 5pm: Open-House & Meal – 6pm: Program Panamnik Building, Downtown Orleans 5.0% 1
AVENUE OF THE GIANTS Monday, November 6, from 5:00 to 8:00 pm. 5pm: Open-House & Meal – 6pm: Program South Fork High School Cafeteria at 6831 Hwy-254, Miranda 10.0% 2
SOUTHERN HUMBOLDT Thursday, November 9, from 6:00 to 8:00 pm. Redway Fire Hall at 155 Empire Avenue, Redway 15.0% 3
WESTHAVEN-TRINIDAD Tuesday, November 14, from 6:00 to 8:00 pm. Westhaven Fire Hall at 460 6th Ave., Westhaven 10.0% 2
HUMBOLDT BAY REGION Saturday, November 18, from 2:00 to 4:00 pm. D Street Neighborhood Center at 1301 D Street, Arcata 30.0% 6
LOWER EEL-VAN DUZEN RIVER Monday, November 27, from 5:00 to 8:00 pm. 5pm: Open-House & Meal – 6pm: Program Fortuna Fire Hall at 320 S. Fortuna Blvd., Fortuna 15.0% 3
LOWER MATTOLE WATERSHED Tuesday, Nov 28, 4:30 to 7:30 pm. 4:30-5:00pm: Lower Mattole FSC Meeting – 5:00-5:30pm: Light Dinner: Warm Soup and Bread – 5:30-7:30pm: Wildfire Planning and Preparedness Program Mattole Grange at 36512 Mattole Road, Petrolia 20.0% 4

Please check any of the assistance and/or educational programs that you would like to see offered in your community. Select all that apply. If you are interested in information not listed, please describe in the "other" text box.

Response Percent Response Count
Assistance with Defensible Space 63.0% 29
Assistance with Fuel Hazard Reduction (fire breaks, thinning, etc.) 60.9% 28
Information on how to retrofit or construct my home to reduce its potential to ignite 41.3% 19
Senior/Disabled Assistance with defensible space 63.0% 29
Chipper programs 56.5% 26
Prescribed fire/controlled burning 45.7% 21
Evacuation planning, including information on evacuating large animals and pets 58.7% 27
Educational outreach in local schools 32.6% 15
Other 8.7% 4
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January 19, 2018, 12:32 PM
  • How concerned are you about wildfire in Humboldt County
    • Moderately concerned
  • Have you ever experienced a loss from wildfire?
    • No
  • If you answered 'yes' to the question above, tell us what you lost.
    No response.
  • In relation to wildfire, I believe Humboldt County in general is:
    • Adequately prepared for wildfire, but would like to see more being done
  • In relation to wildfire, I believe my property and family are
    • Adequately prepared for wildfire, but could be better prepared
  • Reducing wildfire risk to my family, home, and property is:
    • Easy
  • Please indicate which, if any, of the following actions you have taken to manage the vegetation around your home:
    • Removed dead or dying vegetation around my home - Have done within the past 6 months
    • Removed “ladder fuels.” (Low-level vegetation that allows fire to climb trees or structures.) - Have done within the past 6 months
    • Trimmed tree canopies to keep their branches a minimum of 10 feet from structures or other trees around my home. - Have done in over 2 years or not at all
    • Removed leaf litter (dry leaves/needles) from yard, roof, and rain gutters. - Have done within the past 6 months
    • Removed combustible material and vegetation from around and under decks. - Have done within the past 6 months
    • Chipped or burned vegetation on the property. - Have done within the past 6 months
    • Removed all combustible materials within 5 feet of my home. - Have done within the past 6 months
    • Removed or pruned vegetation under roof vents. - Have done within the past 6 months
  • Have you had a Defensible Space Inspection or Wildfire Risk Assessment at your home or property?
    • Yes
  • If you answered 'yes' to the question above, please let us know who conducted the inspection. Answers could include your local fire protection agency (please include name); CAL FIRE; federal fire protection agency (include name); local fire safe council (name); insurance company; or did it myself.
    I am a Fieldbrook Vol. Fire Dept member and do it myself
  • The following statements reflect reasons why someone may or may not prepare their home or property to reduce the risks of wildfire. Please rate to what extent you agree or disagree with each of the following statements as they relate to why you have or have not mitigated your wildfire risk.
    • I know how to manage the vegetation around my home to reduce wildfire risks. - Agree
    • I know how to make structural changes to my home to reduce wildfire risks. - Agree
    • The recommended changes to my home or property interfere with how I want my property to be. - Neither Agree or Disagree
    • The cost of preparing my home or property to reduce wildfire risks prevents me from taking action. - Neither Agree or Disagree
    • There is no need to prepare my home or property because I have insurance that will cover any potential damage. - Strongly Disagree
    • While I would like to make changes, at least I have insurance to cover a loss from fire. - Strongly Disagree
    • My physical abilities make it difficult to prepare my home or property to reduce wildfire risk. - Strongly Disagree
    • It is difficult to find the time to prepare my home or property to reduce wildfire risk. - Strongly Disagree
    • I’m concerned about impacting my view or privacy screening. - Strongly Disagree
    • It is difficult to dispose of the vegetation once I have removed it. - Strongly Disagree
    • Regulatory requirements or permitting prevent me from taking action to reduce my wildfire risk. - Strongly Disagree
    • Neighborhood rules or programs require me to prepare my home or property to reduce wildfire risk. - Strongly Disagree
  • How important is it to you to receive information on the following topics in relation to the wildfire risk in Humboldt County?
    • Fire hazards or other fuel-related concerns - Somewhat Important
    • Air quality from wildfire or prescribed burning - Not Important
    • Evacuation planning - Somewhat Important
    • Hazardous fuel reduction on nearby public lands - Somewhat Important
    • Fire protection/fire fighting in my community - Somewhat Important
    • Defensible space around homes and neighborhoods - Somewhat Important
    • Fire safe construction or retrofitting (hardened homes) - Somewhat Important
    • How to prepare water systems for efficient fire fighting access. - Somewhat Important
    • Fire safe councils or Firewise - Somewhat Important
    • Grant funding to assist me or my community to prepare for wildfire - Important
    • Water supply improvements - Somewhat Important
  • What other topics related to wildfire risk would you like to receive information about?
    No response.
  • Prescribed fire and/or controlled burning is an important tool in Humboldt County to reduce the risk of larger wildfires.
    • Strongly Agree
  • Recognizing there are trade-offs in what can be accomplished given existing resources, how high a priority do you put on addressing the following concerns in relation to reducing losses from wildfire?
    • Vegetation management/fuel breaks on public lands (in general). - High Priority
    • Vegetation management: Mechanical thinning - Medium Priority
    • Vegetation management: Prescribed burning - Low Priority
    • Improving fire department response time. - High Priority
    • Improving water supply for fire fighting. - High Priority
    • Creating defensible space on private, residential property. - High Priority
    • Receiving air quality information regarding smoke from wildfires and/or prescribed fires. - Low Priority
    • Protecting residents from smoke. - Medium Priority
    • Improving one-way in and out roads for evacuation. - Medium Priority
    • Addressing narrow roads for evacuation. - Medium Priority
    • Improving evacuation route signage. - Medium Priority
    • Improving large animal evacuations (horses, cattle, etc.) - Medium Priority
    • Improving small animal evacuations. - Low Priority
    • Planning for local evacuations. - Medium Priority
    • Improving other evacuation issues. (Follow-up question below) - Medium Priority
    • Protecting environmentally sensitive areas from wildfire. - Low Priority
    • Protecting historic structures from wildfire. - Medium Priority
    • Protecting critical infrastructure from wildfire - High Priority
    • Protecting specific values other than homes from wildfire. (Follow up question below) - Medium Priority
    • Reducing fire risks from indoor marijuana cultivation. - Not Important
  • What other local evacuation issues should be improved, and what level of priority would you give it?
    Advance warning and fire service systems. Some fire service systems have very poor transmittion power/reception in even some of our established unincorporated commmunities. This is 21st century!!
  • Other than homes, what specific values should we protect from wildfire, and what level of priority would you give it?
    No response.
  • Have you heard of or participated in the Humboldt County Community Wildfire Protection Plan (CWPP)?
    • Yes, I have heard of the CWPP
  • Would you be interested in attending a community workshop on the Humboldt County Community Wildfire Protection Plan at one of the locations below?
    • No
  • If you answered 'yes' to the question above, please indicate which workshop(s) you would like to attend.
    No response.
  • Please check any of the assistance and/or educational programs that you would like to see offered in your community. Select all that apply. If you are interested in information not listed, please describe in the "other" text box.
    • Assistance with Defensible Space
    • Other - Access to large (4'x8') Defensible Space signage with reasonable installatoin design recommendations (including streamlined County approval/permit process) that agencies/groups can place in neighborhoods etc
  • Is there another wildfire concern in your community that you think needs more attention? If yes, please describe.
    Defensible Space signage and grants for suggested clearing of public areas and qualified hardship private areas.
  • Would you like to be contacted by your local fire department about volunteering or supporting them to help protect your community? You can enter your contact information at the end of this survey.
    No response.
  • Are you aware of the existence of fire safe councils and/or Firewise Communities in Humboldt County? If so, please name the ones you are familiar with.
    Willow Creek
  • Are you a member of a fire safe council or Firewise Community? If so, please let us know which one(s).
    No response.
  • Would you like to be contacted by your local fire safe council and/or Firewise Community about fire safety measures for your home and property? You can leave your contact information at the end of this survey.
    • No
  • Would you like to be contacted about doing a wildfire hazard assessment on your property?
    • No
  • Where do you live? Check all that apply.
    • McKinleyville/Fieldbrook
  • Are you a member, employee, or otherwise work with an organization responsible for fire protection and/or fire management in Humboldt County? If yes, with which organization do you work?
    Fieldbrook VFD
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Have done within the past 6 months
Have done within past 6-24 months
Have done in over 2 years or not at all
Not applicable to my home
Removed dead or dying vegetation around my home
Removed “ladder fuels.” (Low-level vegetation that allows fire to climb trees or structures.)
Trimmed tree canopies to keep their branches a minimum of 10 feet from structures or other trees around my home.
Removed leaf litter (dry leaves/needles) from yard, roof, and rain gutters.
Removed combustible material and vegetation from around and under decks.
Chipped or burned vegetation on the property.
Removed all combustible materials within 5 feet of my home.
Removed or pruned vegetation under roof vents.
Existed when I purchased the house
Have done since purchased
Haven't done yet, but plan to do in the future
Do not plan to do
Not applicable to my home
Not sure
Roof is made of fire-safe materials (e.g. metal, tile, asphalt, composition).
All vent openings are covered with 1/8” mesh (or smaller) that is NOT plastic or fiberglass.
Exterior walls are covered with or made of fire-resistant materials.
Eaves are boxed-in with non-combustible material.
Underside of decks are closed in with fire-resistant materials.
Flammable fences (e.g. wood) do not touch my deck or any flammable house siding.
Firewood, propane, and other fuels are stored at least 30 feet from my home.
I have at least 2,500 gallons of dedicated “fire water” or am on a community system.
Strongly Disagree
Disagree
Neither Agree or Disagree
Agree
Strongly Agree
I know how to manage the vegetation around my home to reduce wildfire risks.
I know how to make structural changes to my home to reduce wildfire risks.
The recommended changes to my home or property interfere with how I want my property to be.
The cost of preparing my home or property to reduce wildfire risks prevents me from taking action.
There is no need to prepare my home or property because I have insurance that will cover any potential damage.
While I would like to make changes, at least I have insurance to cover a loss from fire.
My physical abilities make it difficult to prepare my home or property to reduce wildfire risk.
It is difficult to find the time to prepare my home or property to reduce wildfire risk.
I’m concerned about impacting my view or privacy screening.
It is difficult to dispose of the vegetation once I have removed it.
Regulatory requirements or permitting prevent me from taking action to reduce my wildfire risk.
Neighborhood rules or programs require me to prepare my home or property to reduce wildfire risk.
Not Important
Somewhat Important
Important
Very Important
Fire hazards or other fuel-related concerns
Air quality from wildfire or prescribed burning
Evacuation planning
Hazardous fuel reduction on nearby public lands
Fire protection/fire fighting in my community
Defensible space around homes and neighborhoods
Fire safe construction or retrofitting (hardened homes)
How to prepare water systems for efficient fire fighting access.
Fire safe councils or Firewise
Grant funding to assist me or my community to prepare for wildfire
Water supply improvements
Not Important
Low Priority
Medium Priority
High Priority
Vegetation management/fuel breaks on public lands (in general).
Vegetation management: Mechanical thinning
Vegetation management: Prescribed burning
Improving fire department response time.
Improving water supply for fire fighting.
Creating defensible space on private, residential property.
Receiving air quality information regarding smoke from wildfires and/or prescribed fires.
Protecting residents from smoke.
Improving one-way in and out roads for evacuation.
Addressing narrow roads for evacuation.
Improving evacuation route signage.
Improving large animal evacuations (horses, cattle, etc.)
Improving small animal evacuations.
Planning for local evacuations.
Improving other evacuation issues. (Follow-up question below)
Protecting environmentally sensitive areas from wildfire.
Protecting historic structures from wildfire.
Protecting critical infrastructure from wildfire
Protecting specific values other than homes from wildfire. (Follow up question below)
Reducing fire risks from indoor marijuana cultivation.

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