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.
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.
The area outlined in yellow on the map to the left are areas that will be treated in Phase 2 of the Mitchell Mine Fuel Break. We are currently accepting proposals from contractors to complete this work. Phase 2 will treat ~120 acres of private property and will be completed by summer 2020. Click here to learn more about the Phase 2 Request for Proposals
What does a shaded fuel break look like? Check out the before & after pictures of the Mitchell Mine Fuel Break in the gallery.