Annual Conference March 4-8, 2024

Caerleon Safford

Caerleon Safford

Caerleon Safford has been working in wildfire education & risk reduction for over 20 years in both non-profit and public sectors. Currently a Department Analyst for Permit Sonoma’s Fire Prevention Division, she is on the development and management team for two on two of Sonoma County’s Wildfire Mitigation Projects, Wildfire Adapted Sonoma County (FEMA Hazard Mitigation) and Wildfire Resilient Sonoma County (BRIC). Together these innovative programs combine structure and vegetation assessments with cost-share opportunities to help private property owners implement recommendations to harden homes against wildfire ignition and create community calming zones.  These innovative projects represent the launching point for over $68M in FEMA proposals to proactively mitigate wildfire risk to communities. In addition, she recently completed the 2023 Sonoma County Community Wildfire Protection Plan update. Her expertise includes wildfire risk management, decision and support, the principles of wildland fire home ignition and mitigation, and Defensible Space code compliance. A lifelong resident of California’s WUI, she is passionate about increasing understanding of the principles of home hardening and defensible space to make our communities safer and more sustainable.