Community Projects

BATTALION 1: COVELO

The Cal Fire Covelo station, the Covelo Fire Protection District, the USDA Forest Service (USFS) and the Round Valley Indian Tribes are working in partnership to provide education activities and tours for communities and agencies interested in pre-fire planning. The Round Valley Indian Tribes have a completed Wildland Fire Prevention Plan (2013) which identifies numerous fuel reduction projects on tribal land.  Work to complete those projects is ongoing.

Project
#
Project Type
Project Description
Community or Watershed
Status
Project Lead
1
Shaded Fuel break
Shaded fuel break at Chicken/Pigeon Ridge
Lower Mill Creek
Planned
CalFire
2
Shaded Fuel break
Shaded fuel break along Poonkinney Road
Covelo/Dos Rios
Planned
CalFire
3
Shaded Fuel break
Shaded fuel break at the Bauer Subdivision.
Bauer Subdivision
Planned
CalFire

BATTALION 2: WILLITS

Battalion 2 is home to the Unit Headquarters of the Mendocino Unit at Howard Forest Station. The area is predominately redwood and Douglas-fir forest to the west and mixed pine forest, brush, and grassland to the east. Highway 20 goes west from Willits to Fort Bragg for approximately 13 miles. A dramatic increase clandestine marijuana production increases the fire potential in the remote areas.

Project
#
Project Type
Project Description
Community or Watershed
Status
Project Lead
1
Road Clearing
Remove roadside vegetation, improve turnouts
Shafer Ranch
Proposed
Shafer Ranch Road Assoc., MCFSC
2
Construc.
Construct replacement fire station
Willits
Planned
Willits Fire
3
Equip.
Replace 1 aging fire apparatus.
Willits
Planned
Willits Fire
4
Veg. Mgmt.
Continue improvements to defensible space
Brooktrails
Planned
Brooktrails Fire and Community Service District
5
Fuel break
Shaded fue lbreak along Sherwood Road
Brooktrails
Planned
Brooktrails Fire and Community Service District
6
Veg. Mgmt.
Residential chipping program
Brooktrails
Proposed
Proposed by homeowners.
7
Road Clearing/Veg. Mgmt
Conduct vegetation management along their highway and watershed boundaries; immediate work will be on the North/South watershed division between the South Fork Eel and the Usal drainage and the East/West break along Hwy. 1
Usal
Proposed
RFFI
8
Road Clearing
Create/improve access roads
Usal
Proposed
RFFI
9
Fuel break
Design a fuel break to facilitate possible future prescribed fire treatment
Usal
Proposed
RFFI
10
Road building/ Clearing
create/improve access roads
Usal
Proposed
RFFI
11
Fuel break
design a fuel break to facilitate possible future prescribed fire treatment
Usal
Proposed
RFFI
12
Blue Lake Road fuel break
Fuel break along Blue Lake Road
Sherwood
Proposed
MCFSC
13
Willits Watershed Shaded fuel break
Shaded fuel break to protect Willits water system
Willits
Proposed
MCFSC

BATTALION 3: UKIAH VALLEY/HOPLAND

Battalion 3 works cooperatively with other public service agencies, to include California Highway Patrol, Mendocino County Sheriff’s Office, Ukiah Police Department, Ukiah Ambulance Service, Redwood Empire Hazardous Incident Team (REHIT), Tribal police agencies, CalTrans, Bureau of Land Management, and U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.

Battalion 3 places very strong emphasis on fire prevention education and activities. The full scope of prevention activities in Battalion 3 includes; participation in school programs emphasizing home and fire safety, actively working with the Local Fire Safe Councils, public education and safety programs, and defensible space compliance inspections.

Project
#
Project Type
Project Description
Community or Watershed
Status
Project Lead
1
Egress Route
Find second egress from Robinson Creek Rd. area
Ukiah Valley
Proposed
Robinson Creek FSC
2
Clearing
Create safe areas for evacuation
Ukiah Valley
Proposed
Robinson Creek FSC, Mariposa Assoc. (Low Gap)
3
Infrastruc- ture
Increase water available for fire fighting
Ukiah Valley
Proposed
Robinson Creek FSC
4
Equip.
Bulk purchase of hand tools for fire fighting
Ukiah Valley
Proposed
Robinson Creek FSC, Mariposa Assoc. (Low Gap)
5
Veg. Mgmt.
Concern about condition of BLM land adjacent to residential areas
Ukiah Valley
Proposed
Robinson Creek FSC
6
Veg. Mgmt.
Improve defensible space
Ukiah Valley/ Hopland/Redwood Valley
Proposed
Proposed by homeowners.
7
Fuel Break
Plan and build fuel break at the top of Robinson Creek Rd.
Ukiah Valley
Proposed
Robinson Creek FSC
8
Veg. Mgmt.
Residential chipping program
Ukiah Valley/ Hopland/Redwood Valley
Proposed
Proposed by homeowners and MCFSC.
9
Fuel Break
Shaded fuel break from Low Gap Rd. to Hwy. 253
Ukiah Valley
Proposed
CAL FIRE,
residents
10
Road Clearing
Continue road clearing along Black Bart Trail
Redwood Valley
Proposed
Black Bart FSC, MCFSC

BATTALION 4: LAYTONVILLE/LEGGETT/PIERCY

The Long Valley Fire Protection District, locally known as the Laytonville Fire Department (LFD) and the Bell Springs Fire Department (BSFD) are active in pre-fire planning for the communities they serve within the Battalion. Listed projects were identified by these Fire Departments. Concerns expressed at the Public Meeting include protection of fiber optic and power lines on Bell Springs Road and need for improved communication during emergency events.

The Long Valley Fire Protection District, locally known as the Laytonville Fire Department (LFD) and the Bell Springs Fire Department (BSFD) are active in pre-fire planning for the communities they serve within the Battalion. Listed projects were identified by these Fire Departments. Concerns expressed at the Public Meeting include protection of fiber optic and power lines on Bell Springs Road and need for improved communication during emergency events.

Project
#
Project Type
Project Description
Community or Watershed
Status
Project Lead
1
Shaded Fuelbreak
Shaded fuelbreak around the town of Laytonville
Laytonville
Proposed
LFD
2
Road Clearing
Road clearing of dense vegetation along Steel Ln. and Mather Ln. (1 mile)
Laytonville
Proposed
LFD
3
Road Clearing
Road clearing of dense vegetation along Ten Mile Creek Road and Meadow Ln. (1.7 miles)
Laytonville
Proposed
LFD
4
Road Clearing
Road clearing of dense vegetation along lower Woodman Creek Rd (1 mile)
Laytonville
Proposed
LFD
6
Road Clearing
Road clearing of dense vegetation along Milstead Rd and Bell Springs Rd
Bell Springs
Proposed
BSFD
7
Shaded Fuelbreak
Shaded fuelbreak and fuels reduction at the Cahto Tribe reservation
Cahto Tribe
In Progress
Cahto Tribe

LEGGETT

Project
#
Project Type
Project Description
Community or Watershed
Status
Project Lead
1
Fuelbreak
Shaded fuelbreak around the town of Laytonville
Laytonville
Proposed
LFD
2
Road Clearing
Road clearing of dense vegetation along Steel Ln. and Mather Ln. (1 mile)
Laytonville
Proposed
LFD
3
Road Clearing
Road clearing of dense vegetation along Ten Mile Creek Road and Meadow Ln. (1.7 miles)
Laytonville
Proposed
LFD
4
Road Clearing
Road clearing of dense vegetation along lower Woodman Creek Rd (1 mile)
Laytonville
Proposed
LFD

BATTALION 5: BOONVILLE

The Battalion has an active pre-fire working group composed of the Mendocino County Fire Safe Council, Natural Resources Conservation Service, Mendocino County Resource Conservation District, Anderson Valley Fire Department (AVFD), CalFire, and the Mendocino Redwood Company. Although there are several Homeowners Associations, there are currently no groups operating as their own Fire Safe Council or Fire Wise Community. The working group is proposing to develop a Navarro Watershed CWPP if funds are available for planning.   Projects listed below were identified by the working group and at a Public Meeting. Additional concerns and ideas put forward by the community at the meeting include improving communications via social media during emergency events, making sure gates are open on MRC land during evacuations, improving knowledge of emergency exit routes and development of water systems for fire fighting.  Some community members expressed concern over the high fuel loads in forest stands.

Project
#
Project Type
Project Description
Community or Watershed
Status
Project Lead
1
Road Clearing
Remove roadside vegetation through mastication.
Rancho Navarro
In Progress with County SRA funds.
AVFD, Rancho Navarro Homeowners Assoc., CalFire
2
Road Clearing
Remove roadside vegetation through mastication along Smith Hills Rd.
Holmes Ranch
Planned
AVFD, Holmes Ranch Road Association, NRCS, MCRCD, CalFire
3
Road Clearing
Remove roadside vegetation through mastication along Nash Mill Rd. and Big Meadow Rd.
Nash Mill
Planned
AVFD, Nash Mill Road Association, NRCS, MCRCD, CalFire
4
Fuelbreak
Shaded fuelbreak/egress route along Bald Hills Road
Rancho Navarro
Planned
AVFD, NRCS, MCRCD,
CalFire
5
Fuelbreak
Shaded fuelbreak along the ridgeline of the Little Mill Creek drainage. Project will remove regrowth of fuelbreak done in 2006.
Holmes Ranch/Nash Mill
Planned
AVFD, Nash Mill and Holmes Ranch Road Associations, NRCS, MCRCD, MRC.
6
Culvert
Un-culverted road crossing at emergency exit route prevents access. Install culvert.
Nash Mill
Proposed
Proposed by homeowners.
7
Road Clearing
Remove roadside vegetation through mastication along Clow Ridge Rd (8 miles).
Clow Ridge
Proposed
Proposed by AVFD.
8
Road Clearing
Remove roadside vegetation through mastication along Redwood Ridge Rd (3.5 miles).
Lambert Ridge
Proposed
Proposed by homeowners and AVFD.
9
Road Clearing
Remove roadside vegetation through mastication along Hutsell Rd (2miles).
Alder Creek
Proposed
Proposed by AVFD.
10
Road Clearing
Remove roadside vegetation through mastication along Greenwood Ridge Rd (2 miles).
Sky Ranch
Proposed
Proposed by AVFD.
11
Road Clearing
Remove roadside vegetation through mastication along Signal Ridge Rd (1.6 miles).
Signal Ridge
Proposed
Proposed by AVFD.
12
Road Clearing
Remove roadside vegetation through mastication along Yorkville Ranch Rd from Hwy 128 to Feliz Road in Hopland. (13 miles).
Yorkville Estates
Proposed.
Proposed by AVFD.
13
Road Clearing
Remove roadside vegetation through mastication along Fig Tree Lane, Big Rock Rd. and Hulbert Rd (3.5 miles).
Yorkville
Proposed
Proposed by AVFD, Homeowners.
14
Fuel break
Shaded fuel break along Lone Tree Ridge (3 miles)
Peachland Road
Proposed
Proposed by Homeowners.
15
Hazardous Tree Removal
Remove Eucalyptus trees along Hwy 128 between Andersen Way and Philo.
Boonville – Philo
Proposed
Proposed by Homeowners.

BATTALION 6:  FORT BRAGG/COASTAL

Battalion 6 has a heavy influx of visitors, sparse water resources for fire fighting. Projected fire hazards and at-risk assets will continue to grow due to the changing demographics of the area. As rural development continues and subdivisions expand, an increasing fire problem will exist in both preventing and suppressing fires.

Project
#
Project Type
Project Description
Community or     Watershed
Status
Project Lead
1
Construction
Replace main station
Albion/Little river
Proposed
Albion Fire
2
Tree Removal
Remove standing dead trees adjacent to private property
Albion/Little river
Proposed
Citizens, property owners
3
Evacuation
Negotiate evacuation route
Albion/Little
Planned
Albion Fire, landowners
Route
river
4
Vegetation Management
Gorse removal
Caspar
Planned
CalFire, Caspar residents
5
Education
Education about defensible space preparation
Caspar
Planned
Caspar Community, MCFSC
6
Resource development
Increase Water available for fire fighting
Caspar
Proposed
Proposed by homeowners.
7
Volunteer recruitment
Increase the number of volunteers available
Comptche
Proposed
Proposed by CVFD.
8
Road Clearing
Remove roadside vegetation throughout district.
Comptche
Proposed
Proposed by homeowners and CVFD.
9
Fuel break
Greenwood/Cameron Roads shaded fuel break
Elk
Proposed
Proposed by residents and ECSD.
10
Education
Public outreach/education about defensible space
Elk
Proposed
Residents, ECSD, MCFSC.
11
Road/address signage
Improve address signage in the area
Elk
Proposed
Proposed by ECSD.
12
Veg. Management
Brushing/chipper program to assist senior and low income residents
Elk
Proposed
Proposed by ECSD, MCFSC
13
Construction
Replace main Fire Station
Elk
Proposed
Proposed by ECSD.
14
Equipment
Replace main Fire Station Replace Type 1 pumper engin Replace Type IV rescue engine Replace firefighter Breathing
Elk
e
Appratus units
Proposed
Proposed by ECSD.
15
Hazardous Tree Removal/Veg. Mgmt.
Thinning on public lands (BLM) that are adjacent to residential areas
Elk
Proposed
Proposed by Homeowners.
16
Road Clearing
Remove roadside vegetation along primary access roads within the Turtle Creek subdivision
Turtle Creek (East Comptche)
Proposed
Turtle Creek Homeowners
Project
#
Project Type
Project Description
Community or Watershed
Status
Project Lead
1
Construc.
Complete work on substation 20
Fort Bragg
Proposed
FBFD
2
Equipment
Find financing for downtown sprinklers
Fort Bragg
Proposed
Citizens, property owners
3
Signage
Addressing and signage for areas outside of the City
Fort Bragg
Planned
Fort Bragg FD, County of Mendo- cino
4
Access/ egress
Development of alternative egress routes from subdivisions
Fort Bragg
Proposed
Residents, landowners
5
Education
Consider conducting “emergency drills” throughout the County to test preparedness
Fort Bragg
Proposed
Mendocino County residents, MCFSC,
County emergency agencies
6
Construc.
Two new satellite fire stations
Mendocino
Planned
Proposed by Mendocino VFD
7
Equipment
Replace aging Type I equipmen Replace Type III equipment Upgrade Type VI equipment
t Mendocino
Proposed
Proposed by MVFD.
8
Veg. Mgmt.
Defensible space improvement and chipping program for residents
Mendocino
Proposed
Proposed by homeowners and MCFSC.
9
Resource develop- ment
Improve water infrastructure with improved plumbing and “networking” of private fire tanks
Westport
Proposed
Proposed by residents and ECSD.
10
Veg. Mgmt.
Vegetation management for:
Village of Westport proper
area around Wages Creek Camp ground
an approximately one mile corridor at the south approach to Westport
Westport
Proposed
Residents, WVFD, WMAC
11
Road/ address signage
Improve address signage in the area
Westport
Proposed
Proposed by WMAC.
12
Access/ egress
Improve access/egress routes from subdivisions throughout the district,
Especially:
Westport
Proposed
WVFD, WMAC
Hwy 1 north of Westport to Juan Creek, including Branscomb Rd.Bruhel Point Road

the “old” slide / compaction zone just north of Chadbourn Gulch on Hwy 1;

improvements to Bruhel Point Rd. might provide a bypass if Hwy. 1 develops problems here

Mendocino County Fire Safe Council

Project
#
Project Type
Project Description
Community or Watershed
Status
Project Lead
1
Education
Continue outreach, maintain publications and website
County-wide
Proposed
MCFSC
2
Education
Form 2 new local fire safe councils per year
County-wide
Proposed
MCFSC
3
Resource develop- ment
Secure funding for sufficient staff to apply for State and Federal grant monies, manage funds secured and continue fiscal umbrella function for local FSC’s
County-wide
Proposed
MCFSC
4
Planning
Complete County CWPP, including digital version, update every 2 years
County-wide
Proposed
MCFSC
5
Road Clearing
Secure funding for 12-18 chipping days per year distributed around the County
County-wide
Proposed
MCFSC

STATE, FEDERAL and OTHER  AGENCY

State Parks

Treat 250 acres of high risk decadent Bishop pine Remove invasive non-native species during treatment

Bureau of Land Management

Mill Creek VMP, including a prescribed fire treatment

Mendocino National Forest

Covelo District Projects

      1. Whitehawk Project (planning complete, implementation ongoing) 1500 Acres of aerial burning to reduce fuel load and improve habitat
  • Etsel Ridge Fuelbreak (planning complete, implementation complete)

maintenance of fuel break at strategic fire control point

    1. Baseball Project (planning complete, implementation  ongoing) .

400 acres and consists of thinning brush and small conifers, and burning 100 acres completed

  • Keller Cabin Project (planning complete, implementation ongoing)

project boundary encompasses a 600 ft. buffer around the cabin, partially complete

  • Baseball Thinning & Progeny Site (planning complete, implementation ongoing)

thinning of 350 acres of planted Ponderosa Pine, reducing stocking level

  • Howard Lake Fuelbreak (planning complete, implementation ongoing)

maintenance of fuel break

  • Green Pony Project (planning complete, implementation ongoing)

525 acres of thinning of brush and small conifers

    1. Twin Rocks Fuelbreak (Planning Not Completed) thinning to protect private property and forest, provide safe control point for fire supression
    2. Clifton Ridge Project (Planning Not Completed)

6000 acres of burning in Clifton Ridge area for habitat restoration

    1. Hammerhorn Lake Project (Planning Not Completed)

thinning and conifer removal, hand piling and burning to protect recreational areas