Redding, California

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The City of Redding, California has an extensive history with wildfires. Located in Shasta County and in the northern part of the state, Redding experiences more than 100 fires annually. In 2018, the Carr Fire, one of the state’s most destructive wildfires in history, started at the edge of Redding and burned nearly 230,000 acres before it was contained. More than 2,000 structures were destroyed in Shasta County, including 270 homes in Redding. The Carr Fire caused nearly $1.7 billion in damages and resulted in eight fatalities.

Although still recovering from the disastrous Carr Fire, Redding is taking proactive steps to reduce future wildfire impacts to its citizens and communities. As part of the CPAW program, the city is hoping to integrate wildfire mitigation into their rebuilding and planning efforts. Opportunities for wildfire risk reduction through improved land use planning include adopting a wildland-urban interface (WUI) code specifying defensible space requirements around structures, building code standards requiring ignition-resistant construction materials, and open space management.

Snapshot

  • 2019 CPAW Community
  • Population (2016): 91,794
  • Growth Rate (2000-2017): 13.5%
  • Fuel Type: Blue oak, mixed chaparral, mixed conifer