Northstar’s surrounding forests, wet winters and dry summers contribute to a higher risk of wildfires for our community. Due to drought conditions and climate change, local forests have accumulated dead trees and a buildup of dry brush, creating serious fire hazards. These materials need to be removed in an environmentally responsible way to help reduce the risk of wildfire.
As wildfires continue to get larger, faster, and more destructive, additional resources are also needed to better protect against wildfire emergencies, including investing more in early fire detection, emergency warning systems, and fire-safe evacuation routes.
Community Wildfire Protection Plan:
Northstar Fire Department has recently collaborated with the community to update the Community Wildfire Protection Plan (CWPP). The CWPP assesses the wildfire risks facing our community and proposes wildfire mitigation efforts.
While the Northstar Fire Department has already addressed many of the wildfire risks identified in the CWPP, additional funding is needed to meet the full scope of needs.
Measure U - Wildfire Prevention Measure:
On June 28, the Northstar Community Services District Board placed Measure U, a wildfire prevention parcel tax measure, on the November 2 ballot to ensure that the Northstar Fire Department can fully implement the CWPP. The measure will cost up to $219 per parcel, per year for 10 years, to provide a stable, dedicated source of local funding for wildfire prevention efforts, including:
For more details about Measure U, please view the following links: