Fire Chief Aileen Theile (middle) planning flammable vegetation removal.

Wildfire Resilience

Key Advocacy Goal

To minimize the risk of catastrophic wildfire in the East Bay by using proactive vegetation management which is ecologically sound.

  • Support the development and retention of well-trained, dedicated and productive employees
  • Participate in partnerships with public agencies, nonprofit organizations, volunteers and the private sector to achieve mutual goals

Survey Identified Voter/Community Support

  • In a November 2021 survey, 99% of respondents believed managing flammable vegetation to reduce wildfire risk to be extremely/very/somewhat important.
  • In this same survey, 95% identified improved wildfire and public safety response by increasing firefighters, equipment and updated communications systems to be extremely/very/somewhat important.
  • In a May 2021 survey, 86% of respondents found protecting against catastrophic wildfires to be extremely/very important.
  • On - going drought conditions, dry and dying vegetation, and increased tree mortality across the East Bay require additional resources to manage fire resilient, safe, healthy forests. We need to increase funding for fire protection equipment and additional firefighters to protect our community from catastrophic wildfire.” In a November 2021 survey, 83% of respondents found this argument for increased wildfire funding investments convincing.

2021-2022 Board Supported Legislation

The following legislative initiatives are supported by the East Bay Regional Park District Board of Directors and Legislative Committee:


  • AB 1500 (Garcia D-Coachella) Safe Drinking Water, Wildfire Prevention, Drought Preparation, Flood Protection, Extreme Heat Mitigation and Workforce Development Bond Act of 2022
  • AB 9 (Wood D-Santa Rosa) Regional Forest and Fire Capacity Program
  • SB 332 (Dodd D-Napa) Insurance for Prescribed Burn Supervisors
  • SB 63 (Stern D-Los Angeles) Defensible Space Standards
  • AB 909 (Frazier D-Discovery Bay) Wildfire Risk Assessment Map
  • AB 1255 (Bloom D-Santa Monica) Fire Prevention Local Assistance Grant Program
  • SB 456 (Laird D-Santa Cruz) Long Term Forest Management Plan


  • H.R. 1066 (Neguse D-CO) Wildfire Recovery Act
  • S. 2404 (Cortez Masto D-NV) Western Wildfire Support Act

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