Posted Sign is Reminder of City’s Failure to Maintain its Defensible Space

Editor’s note: This post originally appeared on Nextdoor.com, and was republished here with the author’s permission.

The City of Redding put up a sign earlier this week at the top end of Blazingwood on the west side. It says: “This parcel was cleared on Wildfire Preparedness Day, May 4 2018 by the Redding Fire Department, City of Redding Parks and community volunteers. Defensible space is essential to improve your home’s chance of surviving a wildfire.”

I believe that the vast majority of the residents of Country Heights are aware of what defensible space should look like. Most residents have been working on clearing their property at least to the required minimum defensible space. Many residents continue to clear their property as evident by the debris pile across the street from the sign. Many residents have also expanded their work to include their neighbors’ property and on green belts that are owned by the City and other property owners.

It’s been one year since the Carr Fire devastated our north state. Every morning I’m reminded of how close it came to our neighborhood, just by looking out my back door. An area of about 50 yards was cleared in May to the bottom of Blazingwood. Down the street for about a quarter mile, there’s vegetation and downed limbs from February’s snow storm on the City’s property. The City says the earliest they’ll get to it will be November.

Every time a helicopter or a small plane flies overhead, or I hear a siren, my heart races. I don’t need a sign in the neighborhood as a reminder of how the City is failing to maintain their property, or how it will effect our neighborhood when the next fire occurs. I’ll bet if the city schedules a work day in this area, soon, we could get lots of volunteers involved.

Meanwhile, I hope our neighbors will continue to work on their defensible space. I, for one, would like the sign removed.

Peter Alexander, Redding

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