This fire and fuels management project was developed in order to reduce the threat of wildfire that has the potential to impact public and private property in and around the communities of Paskenta and Newville along with the area's public and private watershed resources. The fuel treatments described below will break up the continuity of wildlands fuels. They will also improve access and egress for land owners, land managers and firefighting personnel. In addition, these vegetation treatments will improve roads within the project area as significant fuel breaks and defensible space from which fire suppression operations can be conducted. The Patton Mill Fuel Break Project will complement an existing 45 mile system of public and private fuel breaks located to the north of the proposed project area. As proposed, the Resource Conservation District of Tehama County (RCDTC) in cooperation with the Mendocino National Forest will establish a 5 mile long (120 acre) roadside fuel break. Eighty six acres of these vegetation treatments will occur on Mendocino National Forest managed lands and 35 acres on private property. In addition, road brushing will be completed along a 1 mile (approx. 5 acres) segment of Forest Service Road 24N36. After implementation, the fuel break and road brushing areas will be maintained as needed utilizing the same treatment techniques as described below. Alternative treatments may be used in the future and will be analyzed prior to implementation.
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