2020 Wildfire Risk Mitigation Plan

Overview

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

Draft Wildfire Risk Mitigation Plan (13 MB)

Draft Initial Study/Mitigated Negative Declaration (25 MB)

Notice of Intent to Adopt a 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 zwood@alpinecountyca.gov.

Public Meeting

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.

12/17 Meeting presentation slides (8 MB)

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       

Password: 122020

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: madeleine.jones@panoramaenv.com.

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.

PDF Map of project areas

Online map

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.

Online right of entry form

PDF Right-of-entry form

Letter to property owners

Frequently asked questions

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.

Past Workshops

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.

Workshop #2 Presentation
Workshop #1 Agenda

Flyer

WRMP Information Sheet

PowerPoint Presentation (71 MB)

Poster 1 - Fuel Management (3 MB) Methods and Equipment (3 MB)

Poster 2 - Alpine County Wildfire Hazard (10 MB)

Poster 3 - WRMP Development Flowchart

Timeline

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.



Email List

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: zwood@alpinecountyca.gov