What can be done to address fire risk and evacuation in areas adjacent to Bishop Peak?
The City of San Luis Obispo Fire Department conducted a review of the risk associated with a fire along the eastern portion of Bishop Peak (Highland Drive/Oakridge Drive area). The review was designed to determine 1) if a fire in the region would pose a significant threat to the region/inhabitants, 2) if residents/visitors are able to safely evacuate in the event of a fire, and 3) if the Fire Department has sufficient access to properly mitigate a fire.
The following PowerPoint presentation provides
a summary of the Fire Departments review
Findings. The review found potential for a wildland fire to spread into the residential area under both extreme weather conditions and normal conditions, with potential to spread throughout the residential area and the Bishop Peak Natural Reserve. The review also found that the area (Highland Drive/Oaklridge Drive area) is a unique risk profile in the City based on several factors including: width of streets; street parking configuration; presence or absence of collateral accessibility; size, type and location of vegetation; proximity of homes to each other and vegetation; and age of homes and outbuildings.
Please review the above information and video and provide your input to the following prompt: What possible solutions should the City consider to reduce fire risk, enhance emergency access/operations, and ensure sufficient resident/visitor evacuation needs?
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Public Meetings. The City conducted a Resident Meeting on September 19th to discuss the above information with the purpose of recieving input and ideas from Bishop Peak neighbors regarding fire risk in the area. Participants provided input on possible solutions to reduce fire risk and discussed possible ways to enhance fire truck/fire personnel accesss while ensuring proper resident/visitor evacuation. Ideas were written on individual cards and grouped together on a display wall. A picture of the wall is provided herein (click here) and each card was typed up for clarity (click here).
The City conducted a Community Meeting on September 27th to recieve additional input and ideas from members of the community regarding fire risk at Bishop's Peak. Ideas were, again, written on individual cards and displayed by issue area. A picture of the display is provided herein (click here) and each card was typed for clarity (click here).
This topic has 108 visitors and 14 statements: 10 registered statements and 4 unregistered statements.
That's 42 minutes of public comment @ 3 minutes per statement.