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Inaugural Santa Cruz County
Wildfire Resilience Summit

Thursday, June 6th, 2024 from 2:00 - 6:00 pm

Fire needs three things. 1) Oxygen 2) Heat & 3) Fuel. The air we breathe is 21% oxygen and fire only needs 16% oxygen. You cannot prevent a lightning strike or a spark from a lawnmower blade providing the heat needed for a fire. The only leg of the Fire Triangle you can control is the fuel. Please join the FireSafe Council of Santa Cruz County at this free event to learn about shovel in the ground and shovel ready projects local organizations are working on to remove fuel and break the triangle.

Participating Organizations

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Summit Agenda

  • 1:30pm - Doors Open

  • 2:00pm - Welcome

  • 2:05pm - Restoring Indigenous Burning Practices (Valentin Lopez, Chairman of Amah Mutsun Tribal Band)

  • 2:25pm - Why Go Firewise (Lynn Sestak, FireSafe Council of Santa Cruz County)

  • 2:40pm - CAL FIRE (Angela Bernheisel, Forest Manager at the Soquel Demonstration State Forest)

  • 3:00pm - Preserving Biodiversity & Protecting Communities (Tim Hyland, State Parks, Santa Cruz District Natural Resource Program Manager & Prescribed Fire Burn Boss)

  • 3:20pm - A Viable Entry Point into the Firefighting Workforce (Laura Terrazas, MS RDN Santa Cruz County Office of Education)

  • 3:35pm - Cotoni Coast Dairies National Monument Fuels Reduction (Edward H. Fulton III Fuels Technician Bakersfield and Central Coast BLM)

  • 3:55pm - Landowner Technical Assistance – Resource Conservation District of Santa Cruz County (Matt Abernathy Senior Forest Health & Wildfire Resiliency Program Specialist, RCDSCC)

  • 4:10pm - Break

  • 4:15pm - Santa Cruz County Office of Response, Recovery & Resilience (Dave Reid, Director)

  • 4:30pm - What Are Insurers Looking For? Wildfire Prepared Home Program (Ivan O'Neill Co-Founder & CEO of Madronus Wildfire Defense)

  • 4:50pm - Firescaping in Santa Cruz County (Phil Dundas Owner of The Landscape in Santa Cruz & past president of the California Landscape Contractor’s Association for the Central Coast)

  • 5:10pm - Innovation in Wildfire Management: New Technologies and Tools
    Moderator: Jake Harris, Investor DBL Partners
    ○ Anukool Lakhina, CEO BurnBot
    ○ Max Brodie, CEO Rain 
    ○ Dan Markert, VP Risk Management Operations Fortress Fire

  • 5:35pm - Understanding Policy & How It Affects Your Community. Moderator: Michael Horn Fire Ecologist & Award Winning Journalist

  • 5:55 - Closing

  • 6:00 - End