Council Declines To Implement Changes Suggested In “Summer Of Fire” Report

In the wake of 2018’s Carr Fire, the Redding City Council has declined to implement changes that were requested by the Shasta County Grand Jury. On the same night that retiring Redding Fire Chief Cullen Kreider was honored for his service to the department, the City Council declined to take up the changes requested by the Grand Jury. In it’s report entitled “Summer Of Fire” the Grand Jury spoke to officials with every agency that had anything to do with the Carr Fire, essentially every one in the county. Recommendations that directly affect the City of Redding had asked for the department to be more transparent with its fire management plans, especially those regarding brush clearing, training, and defensible space. City Manager Barry Tippin acknowledged the report and said that while the council would decline to implement the recommendations, the city isn’t doing nothing. For instance the city has received grant funding to help with clean up, it has hired an additional 19 firefighters, and has implemented a state approved fire mitigation plan. Tippin also emphasized that the manner with which they are doing things does not line up with the way the Grand Jury recommended it be done, and a lot of it a matter of funding and resources.