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.
Public Review of the Draft Wildfire Risk Mitigation Plan and Draft Initial Study/Mitigated Negative Declaration
The County has published the Draft Wildfire Risk Mitigation Plan and associated environmental review document. The Draft Initial Study/Mitigated Negative Declaration has been prepared in accordance with the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) and will be circulated for public review for a period of 30 days. During this 30-day review period, the County is accepting comments on the Draft Wildfire Risk Mitigation Plan and Draft Initial Study/Mitigated Negative Declaration. Comments must be received by 5 PM on Friday, January 8, 2021.
Comments received after January 8, 2021 but before the Board of Supervisors meeting on February 16, 2021 will still be included in information provided to the Board prior to their decision as noted above, but might not be included in the staff report for more advanced consideration in the Final IS/MND.
Comments on the Draft Wildfire Risk Mitigation Plan and Draft Initial Study/Mitigated Negative Declaration may be sent to:
Wildfire Risk Mitigation Plan
Alpine County Community Development Department
50 Diamond Valley Road
Markleeville, CA 96120
Or via email to email@example.com.
A public informational meeting will be held via Zoom on December 17, 2020, 5:00 PM – 7:00 PM.
The County is holding a public workshop on December 17th to present the environmental analysis included in the Draft Initial Study/Mitigated Negative Declaration. This workshop will be held online via Zoom. Attendees will be able to view the presentation and participate in the workshop on a computer, tablet, or mobile device. Attendees can also dial into the workshop and listen on a telephone or mobile device through the assigned conference call phone number. Please note that a few additional safeguards have been employed for this workshop for security purposes, including a required meeting password. Tips for how to attend the workshops using Zoom are available below.
Workshop Date & Time
December 17, 2020 5:00 PM – 7:00 PM
Attend Online and/or By Phone
Zoom Meeting Link: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/82817853958
Meeting ID: 828-1785-3958
Phone Number: (669) 900 9128
Tips for Zoom Meeting Access
Check your computer’s bandwidth and operating system capabilities to make sure they meet the Zoom requirements prior to the workshop date. Bandwidth and platform requirements are available here: https://bit.ly/2UOIqTc. Before joining the Zoom meeting on a computer, tablet, or mobile device, attendees can download the free Zoom application from: https://zoom.us/download.
For troubleshooting issues, please visit: https://bit.ly/2UUXZsR.
After downloading the Zoom application, click the Zoom meeting link and enter the password provided above to join the workshop. Once you've been launched into the workshop, you will be able to view the presenter’s screen and hear the presentation audio. Please note that all attendees’ microphones will be muted during the workshop. The presenters may manually unmute attendees’ microphones to ask questions orally. Questions may be typed into the chat box at any point throughout the presentation. Please direct any questions or concerns about accessing the workshop to: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Priority projects - Private property owner right-of-entry agreements
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: email@example.com