The CAL FIRE wildfire hazard severity maps are helpful but lack the granularity for local wildfire risk planning. The goal of this project is to reduce the negative impacts from wildfires in the Ojai Valley area by providing a suite of fine-scale wildfire hazard and risk data layers and tools to support efficient and effective wildfire risk planning throughout the project area. The project will create an array of wildfire hazard and risk landscape data layers which will be combined with human vulnerability datasets (e.g. evacuation vulnerability assessment, access and functional needs (AFN) populations) to develop a Wildfire Risk Index (WRI) dataset. The datasets will be placed in the public domain and will be accessible to stakeholders and the public via an easy-to-use web platform.
The data layers produced for this project will support fire prevention planning, but also other critical local planning applications such as debris flow modelling, prioritization of open space acquisitions, assessment of restoration priorities, climate change planning, and public policy development. They also will supply the preliminary data sets required for the development of a county wide fine-scale vegetation and topology datasets.
This project is being developed in collaboration with Ventura County Fire Protection District, Ventura County Resource Conservation District, City of Ojai, Ventura Regional Fire Safe Council and Jensen Hughes (fire safety engineering firm).