RIVERSIDE – Riverside County supervisors authorized the fire department to accept $184,153 in state grant to pay for fire hazard maps detailing geographical and topographical features of unincorporated areas.
The money originated from the U.S. Forest Service and other federal agencies, according to fire officials.
“These funds are dedicated to protecting the health and safety of the public and firefighting personnel against fire and fire-related hazards in the unincorporated areas,” according to an agency statement. “The mapping and surveying projects will identify risk hazards and increase effectiveness of initial attack response by fire department personnel.”
Surveyors will create the fire hazard maps over an unspecified period of time. After the charts are finalized, they will be distributed to county fire personnel and surrounding agencies that may assist the county and Cal Fire under mutual aid compacts.
The maps will aid in establishing action plans and optimizing “defensible space” in certain communities, according to the fire department.