Above is a map of the Mitchell Mine Fuel Break. Illustrated on this map are the different phases of the project. If you click the box on the top right of this image the map will be made full screen you can then zoom in/out and even search for your address.
Blue: Original Proposal Fuel Break
Red: Completed Sections of the Fuel Break (Phase 1)
Yellow: Phase 2 of the Fuel Break.
GreyL Proposed Phase 3 of the Fuel Break
Why did the fuelbreak project area change? This happened for a couple of reasons, mainly to avoid infastructure, homes, ground that is too steep, water courses, and landowners that did not return Rights of Entry.
Mitchell Mine Fuel Break
In September 2018, the AFSC was awarded $1,017,239 from CALFIRE’s Climate Change Investment funds to implement the Mitchell Mine Fuel Break, which is located between Pine Grove and Volcano. The planning for this project has been in the works for years, and environmental compliance is almost 100% complete. Work started on Phase 1 of the project 2019; over 50 acres have been treated (areas outlined in red on the map on the left). The Mitchell Mine Fuel Break will be a 300-400 foot wide shaded fuel break that is approximately 10.4 miles, through public and private land, strategically placed by CALFIRE and AFSC professionals, and sanctioned as a priority by the Amador Fuels Reduction Collaboration. A shaded fuel break is an area where underbrush and small trees are cleared, leaving trees larger than 10 inches in diameter in the cleared swath. As the name describes this would act as a break of fuel functioning to significantly slow down a wildfire, and provides an open space for fire fighters and emergency responders to work to fight the wildfire.
In addition to CAL FIRE, the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) and Indian Grinding Rock State Park are project partners; the fuel break will include public land managed by both of these entities. The fuel break includes many parcels of private land and in order to make it effective, AFSC needs to partner with the included private landowners – therefore, we need Rights of Entry for work to occur.
If you own property near the Mitchell Mine Fuel Break project area you should have received a letter from the Amador Fire Safe Council in the mail. This letter describes the project and asks landowners to return a sign Right of Entry (ROE), this will allow our Registered Professional Forester (RPF) to come on your property and determined if there are any environmental of cultural sensitive areas that we need to be aware of during the project implementation phase. If you live in this area, click the link below for a fillable version of the ROE and return to the address below as soon as possible.
Phase 2 of the MMFB was completed in July 2020. The AFSC is currently accepting proposals for Phase 3 work from fuel management/vegetation treatment contractors. Phase 3 will complete the mastication work along the fuel break and is excepted to be completed by Spring 2021. Remaining work will all be done by hand crews and the CalFire Camp crews on State and private lands.
What does a shaded fuel break look like? Check out the before & after pictures of the Mitchell Mine Fuel Break in the gallery.
Above is a map of the Tiger Creek Project. AFSC is working with BLM to complete ~260 acres of vegetation treatment. On the map other property owners are identified, these organizations are also working to treat fuels on their respective properties as part of the larger Tiger Creek Fuel Break.
Tiger Creek Fuel Break
In 2018, the AFSC was awarded funding from the Sierra Nevada Conservancy (SNC) to start planning on the Tiger Creek Fuel Break on BLM propety. The planning for this project extends past 2018, with partners such as: PG&E, Sierra Pacific Industries (SPI), Forest Service, and Bureau of Land Management (BLM) working together to plan and treat their respective lands in the area. The CalAm team, a group of local volunteers worked to develop a proposal to help plan and implement fuels reduction work on BLM property within the larger Tiger Creek Project. CEQA and NEPA have been completed on this project, as well as resource surveys such as archaeological and owl surveys. In 2020 the AFSC was awarded implementation funding for the Tiger Creek Fuel Break on BLM property. Phase 1 of implementation will treat ~140 acres and is expected to be completed by Spring 2021.
The total project with treat 267 acres, including 220 acres of fuel break, 6.4 acres of fire break, and 41 acres of road side vegetation treatment.
The AFSC is starting Phase 1 of the implementation for this project in 2020. The AFSC is currently accepting proposals for Phase 1 work from fuel management/vegetation treatment contractors. Phase 1 will treat ~140 acres of BLM property and will be completed by spring 2021 .
Community Evacuation Maps
The AFSC needs your input. Below are downloadable PDFs of the DRAFT Community Evacuation Maps; the AFSC is asking residents to provide comments via a brief survey.
How to use this Map:
These maps are meant to be used BEFORE an evacuation occurs, use these maps to review your evacuation routes and get to know them before an emergency situation. Even though you may drive these roads often, we encourage you to drive them in different conditions and become very familiar with different evacuation options and the limitations of certain roads (i.e. trailer capacity, one-lane, ect.). Roads that you may be familiar with can look very different in a smokey and stressful situation.
These maps are not intended to provide detailed directions for a specific evacuation, and should not replace the instructions given by emergency response personnel during an actual evacuation.
DRAFT Maps – COMING SOON
- Amador Pine Community Evacaution Map
- Buckhorn Community Evacuation Map
- Buena Vista & Camanche Community Evacuation Map
- Drytown Community Evacuation Map
- Fiddletown Community Evacuation Map
- Fiddletown Community B/W Evacuation Map
- Pine Grove Community Evacuation Map
- Pioneer Community Evacuation Map
- Red Corral Community Evacuation Map
- Volcano Community Evacuation Map
Amador Ingress/Egress Evacuation Route Project
The Amador Fire Safe Council’s (AFSC’s) vision for this project is to have every ingress and egress route west of Dew Drop in Amador County in the event of wildfire: mapped, understood (by residents and fire agencies) and safely cleared. In the summer of 2019 the AFSC developed the Amador County Evacuation Route Committee, inviting partners and community members to start developing mapping that identified evacuation routes within the county, prioritized roadways needing clearing, and provided education to residents regarding routes. CAL FIRE, Amador Office of Emergency Services (OES), Amador Fire Protection District, all other fire protection districts in the County, and the Amador County Transportation Commission (ACTC) worked together identify evacuation routes for the county west of Dew Drop which is the heavily-populated wildland-urban interface (WUI) zone. In
addition, ACTC is able to identify the number of residents within each traffic-shed to assist fire agencies and OES if evacuation is ever necessary.
The maps developed will serve several purposes, an important aspect of this is that they are currently being used for emergency response. The AFSC is also working with ACTC to develop a Community Evacuation Route maps. These DRAFT maps will be made available on the AFSC website, the AFSC asked that residents fill out a short survey and provide comments on these Community Evacuation Maps. The more community input received about these maps the more accurate and helpful the final product will be.
AFSC received funding for road clearing:
In 2020 the AFSC received funding to treat ~60 miles of road in Amador County. Roadways that provide critical evacuation routes will be prioritized. Funding is available to treat vegetation on either side of the road to offer better ingress/egress. Check out this one-pager describing an ingress/egress road clearing project.
If your community is interested in being considered for an ingress/egress project please fill out and return a “Project Submittal Form” to the AFSC.
What does a Ingress/Egress Project look like? Check out the one pager on Ingress/Egress Projects
A big thank you to all project partners on this project; this could not have been achieved without the input of Local Fire Protection Districts, CalFire, Amador County OES, and the assistance of Amador County Transportation Commission’s Cindy Engel. Thank you for your dedication to the safety and welfare of the people of Amador County.
Above is a map of the 2020 PG&E Community Ingress/Egress Projects. If you click the box on the top right of this image the map will be made full screen you can then zoom in/out and even search for your address.
- Yellow: Sherwood Project
- Pink: Meadowood Project
- Purple: Tanyard Hill Project
- Orange: Red Hill Mine Project
2020 Community Ingress/Egress Projects – PG&E funded
AFSC has been awarding funding to treat a total of 3 miles of roadway with funding through PG&E. This work will be conducted in the Fall of 2020. Right of Entry have been sent to landowners within the project areas, if you are a landowner with in these areas it is very important to return your Right of Entry (ROE) ASAP. With out these ROEs the project can not move forward. The projects being implemented with this funded were selected from the project submittals forms submitted by community members.
If you live in the project area but have not yet received a letter from AFSC, please email Amanda Watson at AmadorFireSafe@gmail.com