Manatee to host two December meetings on wildfire protection programs

  • Nov 13, 2015

MANATEE COUNTY, FL (Nov. 12, 2015) -- Manatee County Emergency Management and local fire agencies will host two meetings on a proposed wildfire protection program next month. The voluntary program is designed to help residents and business owners reduce their vulnerability to wildfires.

 These plans are authorized by the Healthy Forests Restoration Act of 2003 in response to the catastrophic wildfires in California, Arizona, Colorado, Montana and Oregon in 2002. Wildfires affect air quality and can destroy wildlife habitats.

 

Having an adopted Community Wildfire Protection Plan will increase the opportunities for collaboration on wildfire protection protects and, in turn, increase cost-effective mitigation and prevention. Adopting these voluntary plans will not replace any other county codes or ordinances, but will help interested communities facilitate wildfire protection activities.

 

Manatee County is seeking participation in the Community Wildfire Protection Plan as part of the adoption process. Home and business owners in the wildland urban interface areas may be interested in attending. The interface area is generally from I-75 east to County Road 675 and from University Parkway to Moccasin Wallow Road.

 

The meetings will be held on the following dates and locations: 

Dec. 3

5:30– 7:30 p.m.

Myakka City Fire Rescue

26636 S.R. 70 E., Myakka City

 

Dec. 5
9 - 11 a.m.

Rocky Bluff Library

6750 U.S. 301 N., Ellenton

 

About 88,215 acres of Manatee County is within a wildland urban interface (WUI) – or an area that could be threatened by wildfires. The geographic area is generally from I-75 east to County Road 675 and from University Parkway to Moccasin Wallow Road and includes an estimated population of 76,727.

 

For more information on Manatee County Government, visit online at www.mymanatee.org or call (941) 748-4501. You can also follow us on Facebook atwww.facebook.com/manatee.county.fl and on Twitter, @ManateeGov.