Scoping comments sought for Mammoth fuels-reduction project

News release

The Mammoth Lakes Fire Safe Council and Mammoth Lakes Fire Protection District are seeking comments on a fuels reduction project that would be implemented through a working partnership between the Mammoth Lakes Fire Safe Council (Lead, Fiscal Agent), the Inyo National Forest (Resource Manager and Technical Advisor), and the Mammoth Lakes Fire Protection District (Community Outreach and Support).

The project was previously scoped by the Inyo National Forest in September, 2016 for National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) compliance and is now being scoped for California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) compliance.  

The project proposes to perform fuels reduction on 667 acres to reduce hazardous standing and surface fuel loads to reduce potential wildfire severity and improve forest health.

The work would preserve vital watershed function and economic interests in the event of wildfire, pest or pathogen outbreaks, or drought.

The current forest conditions within the Lakes Basin are dense with continuous horizontal and vertical fuels profiles.  Under the right weather conditions, it is likely that wildfire would burn as an active crown fire resulting in 100% mortality of the forest in the Lakes Basin.

High severity wildfire in the Lakes Basin would be catastrophic to the Town of Mammoth Lakes eliminating a major source of potable water, potential significant loss of life and property, decreased ecosystem function, and economic loss through decreased tourism.  The estimated total project cost is $622,340.00.

Written comments may be submitted by mail to: Mammoth Fire Protection District, Fuels Reduction Project, PO Box 5, Mammoth Lakes, CA 93546, by fax to: 760 934-9210, by email to: robert@mlfd.ca.gov, or in person at a public meeting on September 19, 2017, at 1 pm at Fire Station 1, 3150 Main Street, Mammoth Lakes.  Written comments must be post marked by no later than September 22, 2017.  If you would like more information and to look at a map of the project area, please feel free to contact Captain Robert Williams, of the Mammoth Lakes Fire Protection District at (760) 934-2300.

The Mammoth Lakes Fire Safe Council and Mammoth Lakes Fire Protection District are seeking comments on a fuels reduction project that would be implemented through a working partnership between the Mammoth Lakes Fire Safe Council (Lead, Fiscal Agent), the Inyo National Forest (Resource Manager and Technical Advisor), and the Mammoth Lakes Fire Protection District (Community Outreach and Support). The project was previously scoped by the Inyo National Forest in September, 2016 for National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) compliance and is now being scoped for California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) compliance.

The project proposes to perform fuels reduction on 667 acres to reduce hazardous standing and surface fuel loads to reduce potential wildfire severity and improve forest health. The work would preserve vital watershed function and economic interests in the event of wildfire, pest or pathogen outbreaks, or drought. The current forest conditions within the Lakes Basin are dense with continuous horizontal and vertical fuels profiles. Under the right weather conditions, it is likely that wildfire would burn as an active crown fire resulting in 100% mortality of the forest in the Lakes Basin. High severity wildfire in the Lakes Basin would be catastrophic to the Town of Mammoth Lakes eliminating a major source of potable water, potential significant loss of life and property, decreased ecosystem function, and economic loss through decreased tourism.The estimated total project cost is $622,340.00.

Written comments may be submitted by mail to: Mammoth Fire Protection District, Fuels Reduction Project, PO Box 5, Mammoth Lakes, CA 93546, by fax to: 760 934-9210, by email to: robert@mlfd.ca.gov, or in person at a public meeting on September 19, 2017, at 1 pm at Fire Station 1, 3150 Main Street, Mammoth Lakes. Written comments must be post marked by no later than September 22, 2017. If you would like more information and to look at a map of the project area, please feel free to contact Captain Robert Williams, of the Mammoth Lakes Fire Protection District at (760) 934-2300.

 

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