Fire Safety Advisory Committee

Fire Safety Advisory Committee

On February 16, 2021, Tuolumne County Board of Supervisors voted to create the Tuolumne County Fire Safety Advisory Committee. The goal of this new committee is to assist the board as they work towards their identified top priority of preventing loss of life and reducing property damage due to catastrophic fire. This committee will advise the Board on how to further achieve the Board’s goal and objectives as it relates to Fire Safety, allow for substantial public involvement, and create an opportunity for collaboration with our partner agencies.

Vision: We envision a resilient landscape that is less susceptible to catastrophic fire effects with reduced risk to public health and safety, proactive communication with a clear, unified message, safe and orderly evacuations with no loss of life, and the public who are educated, prepared and practicing.

Mission: We exist to build fire safety and resilience through community collaboration, education, and participation.

The Fire Safety Advisory Committee is comprised of the following members:

  • (2) members of the Tuolumne County Board of Supervisors 
  • (5) members of the public, one from each Supervisorial District

            * District 1 - Scott Fremd

            * District 2 - Dennis Randall

            * District 3 - Wesley Brinegar

            * District 4 - Eric Holly

            * District 5 - Malcolm Carden

  • (1) representative from Tuolumne County Fire - Chief Andy Murphy
  • (1) representative from the Tuolumne County Sheriff’s Office - Sheriff Bill Pooley/Undersheriff Neil Evans
  • (1) representative from the City of Sonora - Fire Chief Aimee New
  • (1) representative from the Fire Chiefs Association - Fire Chief Mark Ferreira
  • (1) representative from the Chicken Ranch Rancheria of Me-Wuk Indians - Monica Fox
  • (1) representative from the Tuolumne Band of Me-Wuk Indians - Fire Chief Jerry McGowan
  • (1) representative from the Tuolumne Firesafe Council (formerly Hwy 108 Firesafe) - Glen Gottschall

While we currently have no vacancies, you can find the application here: Committees & Commission Application

Board Memo Regarding Fire Safety Advisory Completed applications should be emailed to or Mailed to: Tuolumne County Board of Supervisors 2 South Green Street Sonora, CA 95370.

Tuolumne County Office of Emergency Services will provide staff support to the committee. All meetings will be held according to the Brown Act. Meeting agendas will be posted for the public’s awareness and public participation will be encouraged.


  • 10:30 a.m.
  • Fourth Wednesday of the month
  • Board of Supervisors Chambers, Fourth Floor
    2 South Green Street, Sonora, CA 95370

Agenda and Minutes  

Agenda and Minutes posted here

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Tuolumne County Fire Safety Advisory Committee

       *** Tuolumne County Draft Hazardous Vegetation Management Ordinance*** 

The Board of Supervisors Fire Safety Advisory Committee's Governance Workgroup has been working on a draft Hazardous Vegetation Management Ordinance (DHVMO).   At July 5th, 2022, Board of Supervisor's meeting; a presentation, discussion, and Board direction was presented regarding the DHVMO.  

  • Click HERE to review the Presentation
  • Click HERE to review the Frequent Asked Questions
  • Click HERE  to review the amended draft approved by the Fire Safety Advisory Committee on June 22, 2022. 

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Tuolumne County Fire Safety Advisory Committee would like to invite you to take a few minutes to take the Vegetation Ordinance Survey. This is an ongoing effort related to proposed vegetation ordinance. To provide your input please take the survey by clicking on the following LINK.  If you are using your desktop computer, open the QR Code reader on your smart phone. Hold your device over the below QR Code so that it's clearly visible within your smartphone's screen and scan.     Vegetation Survey QR Code                                                             ________________________________________________

The Board of Supervisors Fire Safety Advisory Committee's Governance Workgroup has held three public meetings.  If you were unable to attend previous Vegetation Ordinance Public Meetings. You can find them below:  

  • December 8th, 2021 recording, please click HERE
  • January 5th, 2022 recording, please click HERE
  • January 26th, 2022 recording, please click HERE
  • March 30th, 2022 recording, please click HERE and  PowerPoint click HERE 
  • June 1st, 2022 recording, please click HERE
  • June 15th, 2022 recording, please click HERE

For more information, please contact Tuolumne County Office of Emergency Services (OES) at or visit the OES webpage. You can follow OES on Facebook by clicking HERE

Sample Vegetation Ordinances in surrounding areas:  Placer County, Riverside County, El Dorado County, Butte County and Sonora Defensible Space Ordinance.