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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 Workshops

The County is holding workshops in 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 will include two meetings, one in Markleeville and one in Bear Valley. Remote (web-based) access will be available through GoToMeeting for all workshops. Online attendees will be able to view the presentation and participate in the workshops on a computer, tablet, or mobile device. Attendees can also dial into the workshop and listen on a mobile device through the assigned conference call phone number. Tips for how to attend the workshops using GoToMeeting is available below.

Workshop Dates & Times

February 25, 2020

5:00 PM – 7:00 PM

February 26, 2020

4:00 PM – 6:00 PM

Attend in Person

Alpine County Administration Building
99 Water Street
Markleeville

Bear Valley Library

367 Creekside Drive
Bear Valley

Attend Online and/or By Phone

Meeting Link: https://global.gotomeeting.com/join/894568181

Phone Number: +1 (312) 757-3121

Access Code: 894-568-181

Meeting Link: https://global.gotomeeting.com/join/823033101

Phone Number: +1 (872) 240-3212

Access Code: 823-033-101

Tips for Online Meeting Access

Check your computer’s bandwidth and operating system capabilities to make sure they meet the GoToMeeting requirements prior to the workshop date. Bandwidth and platform requirements are available here:
https://bit.ly/2OGyYha.

Before joining the GoToMeeting on a computer or mobile device, attendees can download the free GoToMeeting app from https://bit.ly/2viGWX8.

For troubleshooting issues, please visit: https://support.goto.com/meeting.


A single follow-up workshop will be held in April to present the results of the planning effort and up to three priority projects defined in the WRMP. The follow-up workshop will be held in eastern Alpine County. Online access to the workshop will be provided. This website will be updated with meeting date, time, location and online meeting link.

Upon completion of the WRMP, Alpine County will begin the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) environmental review process to analyze potential impacts associated with implementation of the WRMP. Alpine County will conduct a CEQA workshop to solicit public and agency comments on the Draft Initial Study/Mitigated Negative Declaration for the WRMP. The CEQA workshop will summarize key issues and potential impacts associated with implementation of the WRMP that were identified during the environmental review.




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: