0C0D7833BC0290778725847A005FBC15 Hearing Summary CLICS/CLICS2019A/commsumm.nsfPUBLICBILL SUMMARY For WEST REGION WILDFIRE COUNCILINTERIM COMMITTEE WILDFIRE MATTERS REVIEW COMMITTEEDate Sep 19, 2019 Location HCR 0112 West Region Wildfire Council - Committee Discussion Only 11:25:45 AM Jamie Gomez, representing the West Region Wildfire Council, discussed his organization and its work. He explained that the group focuses on proactive mitigation efforts in six counties in western Colorado. 11:28:48 AM Mr. Gomez discussed the National Cohesive Wildland Fire Management Strategy and noted the importance of addressing wildfire collaboratively. He reviewed all the governments and organizations the collaborate on wildfire issues in western Colorado. 11:49:45 AM Mr. Gomez discussed fuels management science and his group's work in creating defensible space and strategic shaded fuelbreaks. He responded to a committee member question about incentives for homeowners to undertake mitigation work. 11:56:44 AM Mr. Gomez discussed ways to keep embers from igniting homes during wildfires, including defensible space and the use of fire-resistant building materials. He responded to a question about urban conflagration and the ways fires cause homes to burn. 12:02:23 PM Mr. Gomez made recommendations for financial incentives and support to conduct mitigation work in local communities. He responded to a question about the barriers to wildfire mitigation, noting that a lack of site-specific information is a bigger barrier than costs.