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Miramonte Fuel Break 2024

What is it? How will it work? What should you do and when?
The window of opportunity to protect your community is now!

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This community and wildfire safety improvement is free of charge to all landowners within the project boundary. An OTFSC Project Manager or Contractor will meet with you to discuss your individual concerns; please contact us for a phoneconsultation or on-site appointment.

Description of the Miramonte Fuel Break:

• Oak to Timberline Fire Safe Council (OTFSC) proposes to create a shaded fuels break to help protect the residents, structures, community infrastructure, first responders, and visiting tourists in the WUI communities of Miramonte and Pinehurst from wildfires advancing from the largely unpopulated foothills to the south that are heavily laden with dense chaparral, mixed woodlands, and forest. This project ties in directly with three current OTFSC fuels reduction grants from CALFIRE (two OTFSC shaded fuel break projects and a large ingress/egress roadside fuel break project) and would also improve the safety of first responders by providing them a safer site at which to fight wildfires. Specifically, the main objective is provide a 200 ft wide shaded fuel break running along the Miramonte-Badger fire road, running from Miramonte's Orchard Dr, near the Miramonte Conservation Camp, to the Tulare County line Near CALFIRE's Badger Station, adding a 200ft wide fuels break offshoot about midway, running north to Looking Glass Lane and ending at Dunlap Rd, the major evacuation route in the area. Both mechanical and hand treatments will be used to treate the 121 acres of land in this project. The contractual fuels reduction work is specifically designed to minimize greenhouse gas emissions in its treatment of the harvested biomes, which will be masticated/chipped and broadcast for erosion control, repurposed locally (e.g. in the OTFSC Firewood for Families program) or composted to sequester the carbon. None of the biomass will be incinerated on-site.

• A shaded fuel break is exactly that: shaded. Removed brush is generally chipped or masticated into the soil to speed decay into mulch, which improves soil, water retention, and general forest health, and trees are left to provide shade.

• Oak to Timberline will contract with Licensed Timber Operators (LTO) to perform the work. On private lands, they will be prepared to thin and remove, masticate, or chip brush; fell small trees, and limb up larger trees to prevent fuel spread into the canopy. On Federal Land, hand crews with chainsaws will thin brush, remove small trees, and pile debris for later burning.

• OTFSC will also contract with a Registered Forest Professional (RPF) who will complete an environmental study to meet the mandated California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) requirements.

• Landowners are now individually giving their consent to making this project a reality. As work begins, your questions and concerns are vital to the success of the project.

Oak to Timberline’s commitment to landowners and our service area:

Oak to Timberline wants to cooperate with landowners in a spirit of mutual respect. The Miramonte Fuel Break will be most effective if as many landowners as possible participate. Therefore, OTFSC wants to work with you to achieve the following goals:

• create a zone along the road where wildfire’s advance is slowed

• remove brush and dead trees so that homes and properties, and the neighborhood as a whole, are safer

• clear alongside roads so emergency vehicles can get in and out, and evacuations can proceed smoothly

How work on the Miramonte Fuel Break will proceed:

Fill out the Landowner agreement form online We cannot work where we do not have permission. If you have any questions, please call at (559) 731-1802

• In order to begin work on Miramonte grant, we need to receive the Land Owner Agreement ASAP. The quickest way to get it to us is online. Please respond within 7 days.

• Although the goal is to create a 30-foot wide roadside fuel break, OTFSC will work with landowners individually, especially when the work is near homes and buildings.

• If you wish, you may hire our contractor to work outside of the 200 ft. wide path while his equipment is nearby.

• OTFSC's contractor cannot cut trees into firewood size, but logs can be left and bucked into 8’ lengths.

• OTFSC contractors cannot work around power lines.

Miramonte Fuel Break, 2024 Landowner Agreement Forms

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