17 in attendance including Brandon from KernValley Sun
Smith, Dave Brinsfield with presentation
Contact List Attendance: Round trip travel miles on attendance sheet
you: KernValley Sun, Courier, for inserts at no cost. (no bill from
Fire Dept 76 and all volunteers from crew 87.
from Tim Smith and Dave Brinsfield (BLM)
Grass fires, close to 3,000 acres on Carrizo Plain National Monument on
May 15, Bakersfield up to three rivers in case mtn.Update on usage and where problems could occur, travel management and
Dave moves to power point with Debbie on Wildfire Management at
Bakersfield Field Office
a.3 local fire
stations-7 engines with 40 seasonals, depends on budget
programs through schools
is needed and has a place
b.Get together to
plan for maximum efficiency
leverage out of projects with team effort
Lloyd asks are they changing the risk?
problem in Keyesville, BLM has ignored area in the past.
BLM is working toward better work on CG
Bakersfield lay use plan in the fall
new planner for FS
a.BLM, FS, private and all need to coordinate
b.Good talks on
joint work yesterday with Ed and Rick Larson
Pontes recap on 2009 projects
II project adjoins Bodfish I of 2008
out thanks to Kern County Fire Dept., BLM and FS for help through
projects.A very successful year
Grants:Bodfish III across from Bodfish II.Ready to go, 44,700 for project
Burma has 39,100 for start
Grant Proposals meet this week and will hear by June 14
McCarthy staff by Lloyd, issue of national fire plan, authorization in 2001 for
ten year duration for money through clearing house.We thought money disappeared in 2011.Plan is different than money coming in for use on state and private land.Authorization for money will not go away.
planning will be competitive due to lack of money
mil. For fire crews
signed cooperative agreement with FS for Alta Sierra
and Greenhorn in planning process with FS
brought in $1420 for budget for operating funds
chipper days with one more request
SquirrelValley on May 15
job in Mt.Mesa 5/20
Walker pass 5/22
SquirrelValley finishes on Sunday 5/23
and Tehachapi Crew 87
you Loren Lange for help on Chipper Days
date with posting of living with fire
Chipper dates needed for calendar
presentation at Boys and girls club
to KernValley Sun on coverage
to Christine and Gordon Hancock for stuffing all the Couriers with Living with
you for all your help at KRVFSC
get everyone back but there are budget cuts
toward year around crews
with feds, disagreement not coming from local folks in Fire service.
FS and BLM outlines how we work together, closest respond to fire
b.Every year we
sign agreement with come minor changes
rate, % on bill to process bills, rate developed with feds, FS formula 12%-18%
evaluating rates.Everyone signs at
10% and negotiate from there if possible
e.You could sign
at 10% or extend agreement to 6/2011.
at 10% due to termination of agreement on June 16, 2010
agreement the two cannot work together
h.After end of
agreement, FS identified delayed responses.If FS called first, they call Riverside next before the Kern County
Fire Dept.Safety is no longer
go to Porterville now, all
June 16 everyone has their own orders.
groups go to same fire.
County Fire needs to extend contract to June 26, 2011 so there is time to
Fire Agency Agreement
Agreement was premier, hopefully it will continue
to 7 day staffing at Black Rock
at Kennedy Meadows
authorization to refill Scott’s position
Shipley, Valley View project
holdups keep projects from moving forward
Hancock and Gordon Hancock offer stickers for animals
for this meeting and talk over in the board
you for all attendences
Reports (Electronic Meeting):
Attendance via email:Lloyd Smith, Ed Royce, Sharon Rooney,Christine Hancock, Gordon Hancock, Gordon Ehmann, Chris Horgan, Patrick
Pontes and Kimberley Cushman
President’s Report-Lloyd Smith
Authorized Dr. Dicus, CaliforniaStatePolytechnicUniversity, San
Luis Obispo, to include the Kennedy Meadows
CWPP in an institutional repository.Dr.
Dicus co-authored with Ken Delfino the Kennedy Meadows CWPP, using his fire
spread modeling techniques.
Completed registration in the Central Contractors Registration (CCR)
as required for all grants for direct federal funding.I am the primary and Sharon Rooney is the alternate administrator.
Responded to a request for assistance with creating defensible space from a
resident in need.KCFD Kernville was
contacted and was able to responded.
Held discussions with Supervisor McQuiston about the criticality of fire crews
to support chipper days and fuel reduction projects.The Board of Supervisors and KCFD came to agreement on how to complete
scheduled chipper days until 30 June.
Attended the Board of Supervisor's meeting for the proclamation of Wildfire
Awareness Week. (150 miles for matching)
Treasurer’s Report-Sharon Rooney
The 2009 taxes are complete:the Federal form 990, the State form 199 (along with a $10 fee) and the
Registration renewal with the California Attorney General (along with a $75 fee)
have all been mailed today – the “State of California Secretary of State”
statement of information is not due until November 2010.
In April we received $2,500 State Farm Grant,
$44,700 Bodfish III
Grant & $39,100 Burma Grant.
We paid $44 to Lloyd Smith to reimburse him for
Fund Raising Committee-Lloyd Smith
A total of $1,250 has been donated this calendar year.Thank you letters have been sent.
Education and Speaker's Bureau-Lloyd Smith
Delivered a presentation at the 22 April Exchange Club meeting (74 miles for
Committed to a presentation for the Amateur Radio Club on 12 June.Debbie Santiago agreed to assist with presentation on defensible space,
embers, home ignition zone, and TAKE RESPONSIBILITY.
Chris will be doing the Audubon Presentation on June
Website Committee-Ed Royce
Minutes for February and March were posted, and
minor tweaks were made. (KRV CWPP is now one file.)In honor of Wildfire Awareness Week, we posted Living With Fire.
Grants Committee-Ed Royce
Patrick Pontes will be giving a slide presentation
of our completed 2009 projects at the May meeting.
Patrick's detailed report is attached.Briefly: All clearances have been completed for our 2010 projects (Burma
and Bodfish III),
and the first increment of funding is received.We are waiting for KRVFSC crews to be available.Our 2011 fuel reduction project proposals (LakeIsabella
and Pala II aka Mountain Shadows) are with the state evaluation panel run by the
state FSC.We will learn if they are
to be funded on June 14th.
Lloyd has been working with Congressman McCarthy's
staff on continuing funding for fuel reduction projects on private land.It turns out that, while in the past this funding was associated with the
National Fire Plan, it now appears that in principle the expiration of this plan
should not jeopardize continuation of this stream of funding.
Lloyd has signed the Cooperative Agreement with the
Forest Service for the $300k, three-year AltaSierra-WoffordHeights
project and has negotiated a Work Plan for the project with the Forest Service.The project has been scaled down to 200 acres, to reflect fiscal
realities.Progress will be tracked
quarterly.All (quarterly) reports
from the Fire Department will go to the FSC (Patrick), to support the FSC's
quarterly reports to the Forest Service.Payments
will be billed quarterly based on acres treated, rather than actual costs, with
the Fire Department billing the Council, and the Council billing the Forest
Service.Operationally, the project
will be handled by Patrick in the same way as our other fuel reduction projects,
except that Patrick's (KRVFSC) reports will go to the Forest Service, rather
than the state FSC.We are currently
waiting for the Fire Department to sign a letter of commitment and provide the
As indicated in the last report, Ed continues to
participate in the planning of a potential Forest Service fuel reduction project
on Greenhorn/Sawmill Ridge, along with Ken Stevens, Don Davis, some
environmentalists even more extreme than Ed, the sawmill folk from Terra Bella,
and a gaggle of Forest Service types.
Education Committee and Publicity Committee-Chris
The Courier included the Fire Safe Brochure in all
5000 of their papers last week. Thanks very much to Christine and Gordon for
helping to stuff the papers with the Courier staff
The Sun included 4500 in their papers
Thanks both to the Sun and the Courier for including
the Fire Safe Brochure at no charge
We have 500 copies of the Fire Safe Brochure
remaining for distribution, plus perhaps 500 of last years at Lloyd's house.
Reminders for KRVFSC BoD-Lloyd Smith
Committee chairs and officers agreed to provide a monthly report by the third
Thursday of each month.The reports
should be sent via email to ALL
BoD members.This is how we maintain
timely awareness of what has happened without having monthly meetings.Kimberley
consolidates your inputs into official minutes after she has received all
When your respond to an email addressed to the BoD it is important that you
so that everyone has the benefit of you comments and position.You may need to check your email address book for proper addresses of BoD
members since the senders addresses may not be the same as yours and your email
application will try to send them to the senders addresses, in which case they
*Additions by Kimberley
GRANT STATUS UPDATE
May 14, 2010
Bodfish III Fuel Reduction Project
KCFD crews come on we will be ready to begin work. On April 29th,
we received a Quarterly Funding Allocation of $44,700 from CFSC for the
project. As of May 14th, there is no decision on crew on-dates.
Burma Interagency Extension Project
status as Bodfish III
above. On April 29th, we also received a Quarterly Allocation of
$39,100 for this project.
Power Point Slide Show-
I will share a short before, during and after photo slide show for the 2009
projects KCFD just completed—Piute Meadows Road Brushing, Bodfish II
Fuelbreak and Pala Ranch Community Shaded Fuelbreak.
FS/KRVFSC Alta Sierra Grant-
Ed will provide the latest update on this project.
2011 Grant Proposals-
From May 19-21 the CFSC review panel participants (FS, BLM,
NPS, USF&WL) will be scoring proposals, and applicant notifications will
be made in person by Cathy by 6/14/10.
No news update as yet from CFSC this month. Cathy Brooke has sent us 250
“Take Responsibility” brochures for distribution. I will bring them to the
Patrick G. Pontes
Kern River Valley FSC, Grants Administrator
Kern River Valley Fire Safe
PO Box 633, Kernville, CA 93238