Fire Safety

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In the aftermath of the Woolsey Fire and other extreme fire events in southern California, there has been significant community interest about fire safety and how the management of vegetation on our local open spaces can contribute to community safety. As land managers, we take our stewardship responsibilities seriously and strive to carefully balance our land management priorities to promote a healthy and safe environment. COSCA’s land management as related to fire is based primarily on scientific approaches along with meeting the requirements set forth in the Ventura County Fire Code.

To help our community understand our land management decisions we have developed some answers to the most frequent questions we receive.

What is the fire risk in the Conejo Valley? Is fire risk a new phenomenon?
What is COSCA doing to protect neighboring homes from wildfires?
Why is the defensible space buffer 100 feet in width? Wouldn’t more vegetation removal be better?
What about blowing embers?
Why doesn’t COSCA use goats to manage vegetation on open space?
Isn’t it good for chaparral and coastal sage scrub plant communities to periodically burn?
Would prescribed burns better protect homes?
Where can I read more on this topic?


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