eUpdate - May 7, 2020 
Wildfire Season Preparation and COVID-19
Contra Costa County Fire Chief on KPFA this Friday morning
Wildfire season is here, with warmer weather and extra dry conditions. 

It's reassuring to know that even with the challenges of COVID-19, our fire departments, emergency response teams, and citizen's groups are already active in fire prevention work.

Contra Costa County Fire Chief  Lewis Broschard recently shared some important fire prevention updates.
  • Yard work to clear vegetation, create defensible space, and make your yard fire-resistant is allowed under the Shelter-at-Home Health Order.
  • Many local fire departments have started their vegetation control work on public lands, including Contra Costa County Fire (ConFire) which just hired 12 seasonal employees with this focus.
  • Fire agencies are reviewing their emergency evacuation plans with COVID-19 precautions in mind. This includes safe distancing and virus prevention in emergency shelters.
COVID-19 has brought out an amazing volunteer spirit, here in our County and around the globe. Some people living along the wildland-urban interface in high fire risk areas may need help clearing their yards. This includes people experiencing virus-related job losses and high-risk seniors who are staying inside.

Let's keep this need in mind as we muster our volunteer spirit! 

This Friday is a great opportunity to learn more about this important issue.  At 8 am, KPFA radio (94.1 FM) is broadcasting a discussion on fire season and the pandemic, featuring Chief Broschard as one of the guests. 


What: KPFA radio; A Rude Awakening: Upcoming fire season preparations and the COVID-19 pandemic.
When: Friday, May 8th, 8 am to 9 am.
Guests: Dr. Chad Hanson, founding research ecologist for the John Muir Project of Earth Island Institute; Fire Chief Lewis Broschard, ConFire; Christopher Godley, Sonoma County Director of Emergency Management.

Stay in place, maintain your space, cover your face!

More COVID-19 information:

John Gioia
Supervisor, District One 
Contra Costa County 
11780 San Pablo Avenue, Suite D 
El Cerrito, CA  94530 
510-231-8686 Phone