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Four Corners Community Safety Fuel Break

Four corners project prior to treatment.

Project Name: Four Corners Community Safety Fuel Break

Status: Funding has been applied for

Project Description

The community of Quartz Valley is a part of the Quartz Valley Area Fire Safe Council. 95% of this wildland/urban interface community is considered to be in a high to very high fire hazard area. This is based on a fuel ranking assessment developed by CDF for the California Fire Plan. Additionally, this area reflects a condition class of 2 & 3, and a Fire Regime of III, IV, and V.

Encompasses approximately 16,500 acres of private land, 200 private residences, the Quartz Valley School, the Quartz Valley Indian Reservation, upslope public lands (BLM) along the east side, and upslope public wilderness values (Marble Mountain Wilderness Area) along the west side of the community.

The entire project, as identified as the number one priority in the Quartz Valley FSC Community Wildfire Protection Plan, is the creation of a community defense shaded fuel break. This community defense shaded fuel break consists of reducing 187 acres of hazardous fuels along strategically located roadways within the area. Of the entire project total of 187 acres, 40 acres will be accomplished through a grant from the Siskiyou County Resource Advisory Committee.

This grant request is for the treatment of 147 remaining acres on private lands. This project will tie in with BLM defensible space planning, through planned prescribed burns and fuel reduction along the east side of the community, to virtually encircle the Quartz Valley community with effective defensible space for wildland fire. The project is divided into 5 segments.

Segment priorities include:

1. Quartz Valley Rd. (6 acres)
2. Old English Rd. (51 acres)
3. Ricky Lane (55 acres)
4. Sniktaw Rd. (40 acres) To be completed with RAC grant funding
5. Shackleford Cr. Rd. (35 acres)

The local roadways within the project are critical use corridors for local residents, recreationists, and emergency services. Treatment areas are based on field verification and fuel reduction will be accomplished on one or both side’s to100 feet on either side of the road.

Project prescription, equipment, burning restrictions and permits will comply with CDF requirements and standards. Environmental compliance, required by State and Federal law, will be an integral part of the work described.

FSC Collaborators:

California Department of Forestry (CDF)
Klamath National Forest
Scott Valley Fire Protection District
Fruit Growers Supply Co.
Timber Products
Siskiyou County Road Dept.
USDA Natural Resource Conservation Service (NRCS)
The Residents and Landowners of Quartz Valley, Chaparral Hill, Oro Fino, Mugginsville, and Mill Creek Areas

Northern California Resource Center
P.O. Box 342 Fort Jones, California 96032

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