KERN RIVER VALLEY FIRE SAFE COUNCIL
May 19, 2005
Those present: Marcine and John Hughes, Sharon Rooney, Robin
Wyatt-Little, Ed Royce, Rich Olson, Matt Pontes, Emily Diggles, Cindy
Thill, Eric Hutchins, Margie Clack, Jim Bauer, Scott Williams, Mark
Chambers, Ken Stevens.
Meeting convened at 8:30 A.M. by President Marcine Hughes.
Minutes were approved: Motion to accept: John Hughes. Emily Diggles –
2nd. Unanimous approval.
Treasurer’s Report: Sharon Rooney reports an operating account balance
Myers Canyon Fuels Project balance of $127, 741.80 and Tehachapi Fire
Plan Grant balance of $5000.00 after $10,000.00 payment to Hangfire
Environmental (Fire Plan consultant.) Motion to accept by Robin
Wyatt-Little. Emily Diggles – 2nd. Unanimous
Sharon asked for clarification regarding FSC insurance renewal premium
payments for Property Insurance due July 1, 2005 and Liability
Insurance due September 29, 2005.
Rich Olson, Grant Administrator explained budgeted FSC administrative
costs and amounts to be paid from the Myers Canyon Grant (50%), Alta
Sierra Fire Plan Grant (25%) and Alta Sierra Fuels Reduction Grant (25
%.) for FSC insurance policies renewals. The Grant Administrator has
received approval from the Forest Service for these budget items.
Myers Canyon was previously approved. Motion to pay these renewals by
John Hughes. Robin Wyatt-Little – 2nd. Unanimous approval.
Sharon received a $250.00 invoice from H&R Block for our 501c3 2004
Federal Exempt Return; 2004 California State Tax Return and 2004
Registration/Renewal Fee Report. Motion to pay this invoice by Robin
Wyatt-Little. Rich Olson – 2nd. Unanimous approval.
Grant Administrator’s Report: Rich Olson:
l. Sawmill Fuels Reduction Grant is closed. Final report submitted.
2. Rodgers Road Fuels Reduction Grant is closed. Final report
3. Alta Sierra Fire Plant Grant final report due June 31, 2005. Rich
reports that specific components of the Plan i.e. Structure Protection
Plan, evacuation routes and poster-sized maps showing water supplies
have been extracted from the Plan, formatted in a condensed packet and
will be placed in the emergency lock box at Alta Sierra for use by
First Responders in an emergency situation.
4. Alta Sierra Fuels Reduction Grant project will close June 30, 2005.
Approximately 80% of the cut fuel piles have been burned. Remaining
fuels to be burned as prudent.
5. Myers Canyon Fuels Reduction grant project is underway. Roadside
brushing is complete. Fuel Crews will begin at the top of the canyon
removing hazardous fuels, limbing trees up and chipping, working their
way to Rocky Road. This project is scheduled for completion July 31,
6. Kennedy Meadows Fire Plan Grant is waiting for BLM fiscal year 2006
7. Plater Road, Tillie Creek and Hungry Gulch fuel reduction grant
applications are on hold pending federal funding availability.
General discussion regarding future funding prospects for FSC
projects. It was suggested that this is an opportune time to develop
partnership (Banks, Insurance Companies, Real Estate and Developers)
support for funds. Based on this suggestion it was agreed that
background/history needs to be updated for the KRV FSC. An annual
operating budget also needs to be completed.
BLM Report: Eric Hutchens.
Eric reports that the Poster Contest is completed and awards were
presented to the winning students for their posters. Possibly, a
calendar may be developed using several of the posters which were
submitted. Kudos to Debbie Santiago and other HDFPA partners for their
efforts on this FSC project.
Forest Service Report: Margie Clack.
Margie announced that on May 25th the 2005 Fire Season begins. The
official announcement will be staged at Station 62, Meadows Field
Airport with BLM, Kern County Fire Department and Sequoia National
Scott Williams presented his draft for a collaborative Group Charter
incorporating partners from the KRV FSC; Kennedy Meadows community;
Tulare County Fire Department; Kern County Fire Department; Bureau of
Land Management (Bakersfield
Field Office) and the Forest Service – Sequoia National Forest. The
purpose of this collaboration is to implement long range protection
planning and fuels management. This Group would work under the
auspices of the Kern River Valley Fire Safe Council.
Although this project is in draft stage a motion was made by John
Hughes to support this collaborative concept. Ed Royce – 2nd.
John Hughes asked how the Fire Safe Council can specifically support
this effort during the early phase. It was suggested that a letter of
support be sent to Scott from the KRV FSC. Unanimous agreement.
Ken Stevens asked if this “Collaborative” project should be added as
an amendment to the KRV FSC Community Fire Safe Plan. Unanimous
Cindy Thill reports that to highlight the official beginning of the
2005 Fire Season the
Forest Service will host an Open House (Kernville Office) May 28th and
29th, 8-5. There will be a Fire Education Trailer on site for
interactive educational purpose. Cindy asked for two types of FSC
handouts to be distributed during this event.
Eric Hutchins initiated a general discussion regarding the new 100’
defensible space requirements from Insurance Companies. It was agreed
this subject will require legislative attention and strong lobbying
from the California Fire Safe Council. To be continued.
Kern County Fire Department: Ken Stevens.
Ken wants the public to know there will be fuel piles in the Myers
Canyon area during the summer months and private property owners may
not add their brush to these piles.
Emily will do her best to get the word out in the Myers Canyon area.
Marcine suggests the FSC should be organizing their participation in
the Kern County Fair (late September.)
Property Owner Associations Reports:
Emily Diggles will organize a Pizza Feed for the fuels crew on the
Myers Canyon project. Local residents have donated the funds. Randy
Griffin is the KCFD contact.
John Hughes reports the Squirrel Valley chipper day on May 7th went
well with approximately 60 cubic yards of chips generated; two
chippers utilized; 25 parcels participating with 40 residents
attending the event along with 7 Camp Owen wards and a Supervisor
assisting with brush hauling. Hamburgers, hot dogs and cookies were in
Ed Royce reports that several Kennedy Meadow residents participated in
a 15 hour training course for First Aid. This community is also
developing a 24/7 emergency communication system and is integrating
efforts with Mercy Air Helicopter Services from the Mojave area for
medivac situations. Ed reminded FSC members of the Kennedy Meadows
annual meeting and BBQ lunch, Sunday (Memorial Day) at noon.
Robin Wyatt-Little reports that Frontier Homes is showing signs of
conscientious weed eating throughout the area.
Marcine recapped Wildfire Awareness Week presentation to the Kern
County Board of Supervisors. All three Kern County Fire Safe Council’s
were in attendance. The official 2005 WAW Proclamation is on file.
Robin reported that the Fire Safe Council Booth at the Bio Regions
Festival was a worthwhile educational outreach effort. Marcine Hughes,
Sharon Rooney, Debbie Santiago and Robin shared the booth during the
Ken Stevens showed a DVD locally produced by KCFD, KC FSC’s and KC
Fuel crews divided a parcel in half, clearing one half to demonstrate
what defensible space entails, the other half left intact with high
grasses, tree branches touching the ground etc. A fire was ignited,
resulting in a graphic display of flame heights and ladder fuels
versus low flames in the cleared area. Unanimous agreement this should
be edited further for FSC public education presentations.
Meeting adjourned at 11:00 A.M.
Respectfully submitted by Robin Wyatt-Little, Secretary