Assemblyman Obernolte: Bill to Fast-Track Fire Safety Escape Routes

SACRAMENTO – Today, Assemblyman Obernolte (R-Hesperia) announced introducing a bill that will streamline urgent safety projects in high-risk fire areas that have insufficient egress (exit) routes.

“During a time when our state is experiencing unprecedented wildfires, it’s paramount that we provide our local agencies with the tools necessary to improve fire safety,” Assemblyman Obernolte said. “This bill will fast-track the most critical fire safety projects identified by the state to ensure that communities with insufficient escape routes can quickly make improvements that will save lives during our tragic wildfire season.”

California has seen record numbers of wildfires in the past few years, causing mass devastation to the residents of this state. According to census data, California leads the nation by large numbers when it comes to people living in high-risk fire areas with 2,044,800 households at high or extreme risk from wildfires. Assembly Bill 394 will exempt from the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) narrowly defined projects recommended by the Board of Forestry that improve safety in fire-prone subdivisions identified as lacking sufficient egress routes.

Assemblyman Jay Obernolte represents the 33rd Assembly District, which includes the San Bernardino County communities of Adelanto, Apple Valley, Baker, Barstow, Big Bear City, Big Bear Lake, Big River, Crestline, Fort Irwin, Hesperia, Johnson Valley, Lake Arrowhead, Lenwood, Lucerne Valley, Needles, Oak Hills, Phelan, Running Springs, Silver Lakes, Trona, Twentynine Palms Base, Twin Peaks and Victorville.

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