This project is being funded by a CAL FIRE, Forest Health Grant utilizing funding from the Greenhouse Gas Reduction Fund. The project proposes to remove hazardous vegetation in CAL FIRE’s highest priority areas in Lake County, where Wildland Urban Interface (WUI) fuel loads have created dangerous conditions and increased risk of catastrophic wildfire. Some of the identified fuel loads are a result of previous catastrophic wildfires; the Valley Fire (Sept. 2015) and the Mendocino Complex Fire (July 2018).
The project area was partially burned by the Mendocino Complex Fire, and dead vegetation
that remains after the fire could act as hazard fuel in future fires. The purpose of the project is
to reduce fuel loads to lessen wildfire risk in priority areas that protect structures, enhance
security along evacuation routes, provide improved opportunity and safety for fire suppression,
and improve overall forest resilience to wildfire and pests, which are increasingly threatening
due to drought and other effects related to climate change. The work will be entirely carried
out by hand. Some material will be chipped on established roads and broadcast.
Fuel reduction activities will avoid:
? Sensitive habitat, including riparian areas or wetlands.
? Cultural and historic sites.
? Disturbance to individual specimens of rare, threatened, or endangered species.
? Ground disturbance that could result in sediment delivery to watercourses.