KERN RIVER VALLEY FIRE SAFE COUNCIL
August 18, 2005
Those present: Marcine Hughes ,Sharon Rooney, Rich Olson, Delores
Walmer, Emily Diggles, , Scott Williams, Cindy Thill, Jim Davis,
Robert Robinson, Gaby Kidwell, Harry Love, Rob Stone, Ed Royce and
President Marcine Hughes convened the meeting at 8:35 AM.
Introductions were made for Gaby Kidwell, President of the Sequoia
Crest Community POA; Harry Love, also of the Sequoia Crest POA and Rob
Stone, CDF Fire Captain, Tulare County.
The July 21, 2005 minutes were approved. Sharon Rooney – 1st. Rich
Olson – 2nd. Treasurers’ Report: Sharon Rooney.
Sharon Rooney reports an operating account balance of $687.61.
Myers Canyon Grant balance is $100,620.15 and Tehachapi CWPP Grant
balance is $5,000.00. Robin Wyatt-Little – 1st. Delores Walmer – 2nd.
Grant(s) Report: Rich Olson.
l. The Alta Sierra Fuels Reduction Grant is completed. Final bills
are being paid. Rich reports very positive feedback from the
residents. Crews 87 and 7 are cleaning up the last of the storm debris
along with the Forest Service crew. These piles will be burned when
cooler weather returns.
2. The Myers Canyon Grant period closed July 31, 2005. The CWPP
component is in its’ final draft and met with good feedback from those
present. The CWPP will be submitted with the final grant report along
with a photo CD of the project before, during and after. The signatory
sign-off page is complete. Rich estimates that 250-300 tons of fuel
was removed from the project area based on Fuel Models 3 & 4.
Beginning fuel volume estimates were 13 tons per acre with 3 tons per
acre remaining i.e. trees, selected brush etc.
It is Richs’ understanding that BLM has released more funds into
California for wildfire mitigation purposes, most of which is
earmarked for San Bernardino County. The Kern County FSC is attempting
to get Kern County officially listed as part of southern California
which will qualify Kern County for a portion of these funds.
Historically, Kern County has not been officially included in either
northern or southern California in terms of geographic funding
Rich reports that last year when KCFD submitted the Rodgers Road
Extension/Fuel Reduction grant application through the Western States
Fire Managers, the application received the tenth ranking out of sixty
submissions. This year Rich will submit the same application under the
auspices of the KRV FSC. The Plater Road fuel reduction grant
application will also be resubmitted through the KRV FSC.
Clearinghouse submission period will be January 1, 2006 through
February 28, 2006.
The KRV FSC CWPP amendment process is progressing.
Forest Service: Scott Williams and Cindy Thill.
In preparation for the October Collaborative meeting, Scott is
getting the SHAPE files collected and up to date for GIS use. Scott
will schedule the October meeting in the early part of the month to
allow for busy schedules.
Cindy Thill brought us up to date regarding the October 24th-26th
International Forestry Tour. There will be approximately fifteen
visitors. Cindy felt that a tour of the Alta Sierra project area would
be ideal for their day-long visit. Marcine will let Penny Lampkins
know about the tour date.
Cindy spoke about the abundance of arson prevention information and
materials “out there” which we can check out to see what might work
for the KRV. She shared informational material previously used by the
Forest Service for door-to-door contacts.
Robin suggested a committee be formed to work with Cindy, reviewing
materials so a presentation can be made to the larger FSC group.
Agreed. Scott Williams stated that if the FSC and partners agree to
use 4’ x 8’ arson prevention road signs, the FS would commit to
helping with the funding and would ask the other partners to
It was agreed that spring 2006 might be a good target date for the
implementation of the Arson Prevention/Education project.
Myers Canyon: Emily Diggles.
Emily offered appreciation for the fuel reduction project and the CWPP.
Once the CWPP is finalized it will be shared with the Lake
Isabella-Bodfish POA officers as well as fire fighting/prevention
Kennedy Meadows: Ed Royce.
Grant application still in a holding pattern. Ed will work with Rich
developing a request for proposal (RFP) for a CWPP contractor once the
grant application has been processed.
Ed reports that their volunteer fire department has new recruits.
All quiet for the Sawmill and Frontier Trail POA’s.
Sequoia Crest POA: Gaby Kidwell, Harry Love and CDF Captain Rob
This POA is located in Tulare County, east of Springville. They are
at a 6700’ elevation, on a slope and surrounded by big trees i.e.
cedar and fir. They have 99 cabins and 128 vacant lots with 8
full-time residents. These folks want to be proactive regarding
wildfire mitigation. They would like to explore the possibility of
establishing their own Fire Safe Council and look into grant
opportunities to fund a CWPP. Good discussion followed. Rich Olson and
Ed Royce will work with this group and share the Kennedy Meadows CWPP
grant application. As Ed stated, “they are parallel to Kennedy Meadows
POA regarding their wildfire risk situation.” Rich Olson might speak
to this group as their Labor Day annual meeting. It was also
determined that there are Prop 40 CDF funds for this group to
facilitate their projects. Rob Stone will be working with Sequoia
Crest as this process moves along.
Rich Olson said that if help is needed for the County Fair booth,
we will be contacted by KCFD. At this point there doesn’t seem to be a
great need for extra help but FSC volunteers will be accommodated if
September FSC meeting scheduled for September 15, 2005.
Meeting adjourned at 10:30 AM.
Respectfully submitted by: Robin Wyatt-Little, Secretary