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Protecting OC Wilderness from Fire

As part of OC Go, also known as Measure M, OCTA owns and manages seven open space properties to preserve the land and permanently ensure that wildlife and plant species can thrive for generations. Totaling 1300 acres, the properties are known collectively as the Preserves.

Developed in collaboration with applicable local fire entities and state and wildlife agencies, Resource Management Plans lay out the continued protection of land and preservation of valuable plants and animals. Fire entities include the Orange County Fire Authority, Brea Fire Department and the City of Laguna Beach Fire Department.

Fire management plans are an essential part of this protection effort. OCTA recently conducted a fire modeling analysis based on existing vegetation and conditions of the Preserves. These plans provide guidelines for decision-making at all stages including fire prevention, pre-fire vegetation management, suppression activities, and post-fire responses that are compatible with conservation and stewardship responsibilities. In addition, specific maps highlight Preserve areas containing environmentally sensitive areas to avoid (when feasible) during fire suppression efforts.

OCTA will review the plans about every five years and update them as necessary based on any changing conditions of the wildlife or habitat. Learn more about the plans here.

OC Go is a comprehensive transportation program that provides improvements for freeways, streets, streetcar and rail infrastructure, mobility services and the environment and is funded by a local transportation half-cent sales tax.