In the 2017 Thomas Fire one of the major impediments to fighting the fire was loss of the electrical grid which led to lack of access and shut down of critical water resources needed by first responders. In collaboration with local Groundwater Management Agencies, Water Districts, Private Landowners, local governments, emergency responders, and other key stakeholders, the OVFSC (through a consultant/consultants) will conduct an Agricultural Wetting Zone Buffer and Water Access Vulnerability Assessments to help understand current capacities and vulnerabilities to safely and plans to efficiently manage local water resources for both fire prevention and in the event of wildfire/natural disaster emergencies that are likely to increase in scale, severity and frequency due to climate change.
Specifically, the analysis is intended to assess key areas of vulnerability, the current capacity of existing water resources and how they can be both improved and secured for both fire prevention (through strengthening critical fire barrier wetting zones, emergency access to critical water resources, and off grid energy production) and energy storage resources. The intention is to determine/develop all or some of these fire safety resources.
The benefits of the Disaster Water Resources Stations (DWRS) are: