Project Name: French Creek Water Resource and Fire Safety Project
Status: Funding has been applied for
Problem: A wildland/urban interface core community within the center of the French Creek watershed currently has inadequate water resource development for fire protection and human safety.
Private ownership includes a residential community of approximately 75 residences and the JH Ranch. The JH Ranch is an outdoor school, covering 360 acres, with a full service lodge, living quarters, and training areas. The JH Ranch serves high school and college age students from all over the United States. The school has a population of approximately 350 instructors and students during the spring, summer, and fall which includes the annual periods of the highest fire dangers for the area.
The present fuel loading in this core area of the French Creek watershed is extremely high, putting the area at risk for a catastrophic wildfire. The strategic location of he JH Ranch along the main French Creek Road and in the middle of the watershed makes it an ideal place for the development and access of water for community fire protection. The JH Ranch is a critical participant in the French Creek Fire Safe Council for the development of fire protection needs for the entire community.
Currently, the JH Ranch has 4 tanks for a total of 25,000 gallons, which they utilize in the non-winter months, but have to drain in the winter due to freezing. The priority elements of this project include:
• Design and construct all-weather structures for the existing tanks so they can be utilized throughout the year.
• Construct approximately 750 ft. of new waterline from the existing tanks to a central location where a fire hydrant would be installed, which would be available to the local fire department.
• Perform a feasibility and design study to develop additional, strategic water tank locations, and a more extensive community hydrant system that would include a hydrant on the main French Creek Road for fire suppression use.
California Department of Forestry (CDF)
Klamath National Forest:
Scott Valley Fire Protection District:
JH Guest Ranch:
Fruit Growers Supply Co.
Roseburg Lumber Co.
Siskiyou County Road Department
California Conservation Corps
USDA Natural Resource Conservation Service (NRCS)
SHN Engineering and Geologists
The Residents and Landowners of the French Creek Watershed
Northern California Resource Center
P.O. Box 342 Fort Jones, California 96032