Santa Clara County Supervisor Ken Yeager today called for new county fire protection regulations in the wake of last month's devastating wildfires in Southern California.
While Santa Clara County has not suffered the kind of destructive wildfires that struck San Diego County, the county needs to look into strengthening its regulations regarding fire-resistant residences and other structures, according to Yeager.
"The county must address upgrading building requirements, improving the evacuation plan, and implementing an early warning system," Yeager said in a statement.
On Tuesday, the supervisors are scheduled to take a preliminary vote on adopting new regulations requiring newly constructed structures in fire hazard areas to have fire-resistant roofs, siding and decks, double-pane windows, and solid doors.
Yeager has also asked the county administrator's office to study the feasibility of a reverse-911 system, such as the one used in San Diego to inform residents about evacuation orders, for Santa Clara County.
"Clearly more needs to be done," Yeager said. "Let's hope we are ready to take those actions before a large fire catches us unprepared."