2020 Wildfire Risk Mitigation Plan
Fuels reduction projects to reduce the risk of wildland fire are a high priority in Alpine County and several have been undertaken or are ongoing, including neighborhood fire breaks and larger scale fuels reduction projects on federal lands. Approximately 1,780 residential units are located in Alpine County; over 1,200 of these are in high or very high wildfire hazard severity zones.
Alpine County is preparing a Wildfire Risk Mitigation Plan (WRMP or plan), under a Fire Prevention Grant received from the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (CAL FIRE). The purpose of the WRMP is to enable the County to implement activities that address the risk of wildfire and that can reduce wildfires that could impact communities.
Priority projects - Private property owner right-of-entry agreements
Field Work Schedule
|Project Area||Survey Timing|
|Biological Surveys||Cultural Surveys|
|Bear Valley||August 16, 2020||August 21, 2020|
|Manzanita||August 24, 2020||August 17 and 18, 2020|
|Markleevillage||August 19 and 20, 2020||August 19 and 20, 2020|
The County has identified three priority project areas; Hot Springs Road\Markleevillage, south and west of Manzanita Lane, and west Bear Valley for possible fuel treatment project implementation.
At the beginning of June the County has sent right of entry agreements to property owners within the project areas. Please participate if your property is within the project area! Participation is voluntary and property owners may complete the right of entry agreement online or return the hard copy that was mailed.
The goal is to have as many property owners participate as possible. You can track the participation in the project using the Priority Project Participation Dashboard. The Department will update the information as agreements are returned.
The County held two workshops in April and February to introduce the public to the need for the WRMP, areas of wildfire risk, and how the WRMP is being developed. The February workshops included two meetings, one in Markleeville and one in Bear Valley. The meeting materials and presentation from the February workshops are provided below.
|January 2020||Review existing plans and projects, identify fire risk areas and assets to protect, begin public outreach activities and obtain stakeholder input.|
|February 25-26||Public Workshop #1: Two workshops/meetings to introduce the public to the WRMP and collect input.|
|Early April 2020||Public Workshop #2: Workshop/meeting to present results of the planning effort and three priority projects.|
|Spring-Summer 2020||Create Wildfire Risk Mitigation Plan.|
|Fall-Winter 2020||CEQA review and draft Initial Study/Mitigated Negative Declaration (IS/MND).|
|January 2021||CEQA Meeting: Inform the public of key issues and impacts identified during environmental review of the WRMP.|
|March 2021||County to consider approving the WRMP and allow implementation of the plan to begin.|
Please provide your Name, Email, and ZIP Code to the Department to be added to an email list to receive information about public meetings and opportunities to provide input.
Please send any comments or questions on the WPMP to: firstname.lastname@example.org