This week, the Board of Forestry (BOF) published its latest draft of the Fire Safe Regulations for a 15-day modified text comment period. The board will continue to receive comments on the revised draft through 5:00pm on January 19th. The BOF is only required to consider comments on revisions made specifically in this current draft, and may not be responsive to concerns raised on changes made in the original 45-day public comment period. RCRC has begun its initial review of the revised proposal and will be reaching out to our Fire Safe Regulations working group for feedback on the new draft.
The BOF has been in the process of making significant changes to the existing Fire Safe Regulations since early 2020, however, the Board has been unable to find consensus on those rules, receiving significant opposition from environmental groups, local governments and developers on the detrimental effects of the proposed changes. For more information, contact RCRC Senior Policy Advocate, Tracy Rhine.