Los Angeles City Councilmember Bill Rosendahl introduced a motion that will help jump-start a project that will better protect constituents in severe fire hazard zones.
Rosendahl, along with the Los Angeles Fire Department (LAFD), want to install a Remote Automated Weather Station (RAWS) in the Mandeville Cany0n area. Fire officials identified Mandeville as one of four critical locations in the City, and the station will serve to better monitor dangerous fire conditions in this area.
“With the installation of this critical weather station, the LAFD will be able to make more precise pre-deployment decisions and commit additional fire resources to the Westside when there is a serious potential for a brush fire,” said Rosendahl. ” This will monitor community specific fire weather conditions that may not exist in other areas of the City on a given day.”
Each individual station costs $19,358.08 and has an annual maintenance cost of $800 per unit. The Council Office is jump-starting the project with more than half of the funding and is currently in the process of seeking support from the affected community for the remaining portion.
The motion, which Rosendahl introduced on Tuesday, directs the funding for half the cost of this project.
The Council District 11 communities of Pacific Palisades, Brentwood, and Mountaingate are designated as Very High Fire Hazard Severity Zones by the California Department of Forestry and Fire Prevention. Vegetation, topography and weather are some of the things considered when officials make this designation.
The City Council unanimously approved the motion and will be placed on the next regular council agenda to be posted. Read Rosendahl’s motion here.