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From Firewise Events to Policy Decisions: Shaping Fire Safety in the 5th District 

Hey Neighbor,

Fire season is officially upon us, and as a candidate for 5th District Supervisor, I want to address this critical issue that affects our entire community.

First and foremost, I want to offer my heartfelt condolences to the Felton family who lost their home in a single-home fire over the weekend. Losing your home to a fire is a devastating experience, and one that many of us in the community know all too well. My thoughts are with them during this difficult time. I'd like to extend my gratitude to the Felton Fire Department for their swift action in containing the fire, and to the Zayante, Ben Lomond, and Cal Fire teams for their invaluable assistance. I urge our community to reach out to this family with resources, advice, and support to help jumpstart their recovery process – your experience and compassion can make a world of difference. 

Last week, I had the honor of attending an event hosted by the Felton-based Forest Lakes Firewise group. As a Board Member of the Fire Safe Council, I was invited to participate in their panel for a Q&A session. After showing a movie about wildfire and the science of hardening efforts, the level of community conversation was truly inspiring. 

This experience reinforced my belief that when it comes to wildfire preparedness, there is so much we can do as individuals and as a community. By coming together, sharing knowledge, and taking collective action, we can significantly reduce our fire risk and create real, lasting change.

As your candidate for 5th District Supervisor, I am committed to prioritizing fire safety and preparedness. I believe in fostering strong partnerships between local government, fire departments, and community organizations to enhance our resilience against wildfires. Together, we can implement robust prevention strategies, improve emergency response systems, and ensure our district is as prepared as possible for the challenges that fire season brings.

Lastly, I was pleased to see the Low-Impact Camping Area ordinance not make forward progress at the last Board of Supervisors meeting. The public, especially those in Bonny Doon, came out in force to make their opinions known. Public comment lasted almost two hours, for both people in favor of and against this ordinance. I am grateful to the fire fighting officials who came and put forth their professional opinions on the great fire risk this introduces to our area. With pending state ordinances regarding the matter, the county is tabling LICA until such decisions have been made.

Stay safe, stay prepared, and know that as your potential Supervisor, I'm dedicated to addressing these crucial issues head-on.

In community, always.


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Howard Florio
Howard Florio
Jul 01

Hello Christopher, having been within a 1/4 mile of where the BCFD created a "firebreak", our house was spared the fire. I have spent over $7K brush clearing, weed whacking and tree work. I wished my neighbors took it as seriously as we do. Thanks for your work.

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