Kern River Valley Fire Safe Council Electronic Meeting
Attendance via web: Lloyd Smith, Ed Royce, Gordon Ehmann, Christine Hancock,
Gordon Hancock, Sharon Rooney, Chris Horgan, Patrick Pontes and Kimberley
+ Lloyd signed the remaining documentation for the Domestic Cooperative
Agreement for the Alta Sierra and Wofford Heights Fuel Reduction Project with
District Ranger, Rick Larson, on June 1 (80 miles for match). A draft news
article was developed and passed to Cody Norris, Forest Service Public
Information Officer, for release.
+ Lloyd updated registration in the Central Contractors Registration (CCR),
required for all grants for direct federal funding, so that Sharon Rooney is an
alternate administrator for the council.
+ Lloyd exchanged emails and held several conversations with Supervisor
McQuiston and KCFD Chief Dunn about the criticality of fire crews to support
fuel reduction projects. The KCFD commitment to the grant project, made over a
year ago, and the existence of money in the bank were argued that the issue is
not one of funding, but rather a personnel management issue between permanent
and seasonal employees.
+ Attended the Board of Supervisor's budget review meeting to express the
concerns of all three county fire safe councils with regard to the grant funded
fuel reduction projects (150 miles for matching). If permanent crews are used to
complete the work (higher costs than seasonal workers), then less acreage for
the same funds. No clear path to resolution, but the councils need to be
involved in any solution that would result in less acreage for the grant
+ Lloyd provided all of the documentation for the Domestic Cooperative Agreement
to the Mt Pinos council and the Los Padres Forest so that the could replicate as
much as possible for their similar grant proposal.
We received $2,500 from State Farm Insurance & and $100 donations each
from Kennedy Meadows POA, Frontier Trails & Lake Isabella Bodfish POA.
A Check for $67.50 was sent to Zephyr Assoc for Web Site fees.
A check for $2,235 was paid to Patrick Pontes: ($1,155 for Burma project
& $1,080 for the Bodfish III project).
The taxes were completed and a check for $311 was paid to H & R Block,
$10 to California Franchise Tax Board & $75 to Attorney General Registry of
Website Committee Report:
Minutes for April were posted, along with three news articles from the KV Sun
and other updates.
Fund Raising Committee:
A total of $1,675 has been donated this calendar year. Received contributions
from the Frontier Trails Homeowner's Association ($100), and the Lake
Isabella-Bodfish Property Owner's Association ($100) since the May reporting
period. A grant request to Southern California Edison (SCE) was prepared and
sent in March, was funded for $250. The timely funding of the grant in June was
facilitated by Debbie Hess of SCE. Thank you letters have been sent.
Education Committee/Speaker's Bureau:
Christine and Gordon ran the Fire Safe Booth at the Health Fair and they find
that other booths have items to give away such as stickers, pins etc. People
seem to be more likely to stop at a booth and learn about the program if a
giveaway item is available They would like the Council to order In Case of
Emergency Pet Notification Pet stickers that people can post on their doors to
let fireman know about pets in the home to be rescued in case of fire Chris
would like to make a motion to order 200 stickers at 0.27 each for a total of
$62.95 including shipping. Please vote on for the July meeting minutes.
Chris gave a Fire Safe presentation to the Audubon Society on 6/5 and it was
well received although poorly attended. Reed Tollefson and Shawna Cortez of the
Audubon were very appreciative. In addition to the presentation we watched a
Fire Video and we ran everyone through the Fire Analysis where they learned
about way to improve fire safety on the property. Christine, Gordon and Ed also
attended on behalf of the Fire Safe Council and were able to provide additional
information during the presentation Ed ran the group through and on site
analysis of the structures on the property
Thanks to Christine, Ed and Gordon for all your efforts to educate the public
regarding fire safety.
Lloyd delivered a presentation to the Sequoia Amateur Radio Group at their 12
June meeting in Lake Isabella (75 miles for matching). Gordon Hancock, a
prospective member of the group, was able to add valuable comments about the
fire council's work.
Lloyd contacted Steve Griffin, Forest Service-Kernville, to make arrangements
for the roadside signs to be rotated during July.
Report Patrick's detailed report is attached. Briefly: All clearances have
been completed for our 2010 projects funded through the state FSC (Burma and
Bodfish III), and the first increment of funding has been received. We are
waiting for KCFD crews to be available. Our 2011 fuel reduction project
proposals (Lake Isabella 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
All agreements and commitments to carry out the Forest Service $300k,
three-year Alta Sierra-Wofford Heights fuel reduction project have been signed.
We had thought that this project was also held up waiting for KCFD seasonal
crews but have just learned that some chipping work has already been done near
Alta Sierra using permanent crews.
It appears that KCFD may not hire seasonal crews this summer because of
budget constraints. A proposal is to do all the fuel reduction work (about $1
million between the three FSC's) using only permanent crews. Lloyd has been
following this issue; it is currently unresolved.
Chipper Day Committee:
Kennedy Meadows Report, June, 2010. The annual Memorial Day KMPOA road
cleanup (17 miles), barbeque, and meeting at the fire station drew over 70
property owners. We had excellent representation from the Forest Service, BLM,
Tulare County Fire, and Tulare County Sheriff. Our Tulare County Supervisor,
Mike Ennis (who's running for re-election), attended as he has every year he's
been in office. That weekend the local first aid team and volunteer fire
department (actually paid call) raised over $800 with a bake sale and raffle.
Mike Ennis has donated $1,000 from his "good works funds" to the first
aid team and fire department for each of the last three years and has donated
another $800 this year, in spite of budget constraints. Mike has a second home
in the Sequoia Crest subdivision on the west side, so he understands mountain
communities. Prior to the meeting, the fire department folks did a massive fuel
reduction and cleanup around the fire station, so that it now meets defensible
space guidelines (more or less).
BLM brought their chipper and a crew of four (plus Debbie!) up Friday the
11th, and we had a good day chipping at six properties. We're trying to
discourage folks from burning their slash.
I wanted to thank Chris for the presentation at the Preserve. Also thanks
to Chris and Gordon Hancock for their show participation and getting the news
out on the KRVFSC at the Health Fair.
KERN RIVER VALLEY FIRE SAFE COUNCIL
GRANT STATUS UPDATE
June 10, 2010
Bodfish III Fuel Reduction Project
When KCFD crews come on we will be ready to begin work. As of June 9th, no
work has been done on the project and there has been no decision on crew
The 3rd Quarter Accomplishment Report ends June 30th and is due to CFSC by
July 30th. Please continue to keep track of your "Match" meeting hours
and mileages for our 3rd Quarter Report.
Burma Interagency Extension Project: Same status as Bodfish III above.
FS/KRVFSC Alta Sierra Grant- The Grant Project is now finalized and work can
begin. The project consists of 200 acres of roadside brushing, maintenance of
existing fuelbreaks adjacent to communities and further cleanup of a timber sale
area for a cost of $300,000. The following documents have been completed and the
appropriate signatures are secured: 1) Domestic Cooperative Agreement between
the FS (Sequoia NF) and KRVFSC, 2) Commitment Letter Agreement between KCFD and
KRVFSC, 3) Revised Alta Sierra Project Proposal and map, 4) Work Plan Schedule
between the FS (Kernville Office) and KRVFSC, and 5) FS Project Decision
document. Ed/Lloyd may provide additional information on this project.
The project status is the same as Bodfish III and Burma above-- we are in a
holding pattern regarding the decision on Kern County Fire Crews.
2011 Grant Proposals- We are still waiting for word from the State on the
projects selected by the review panel. We should hear the results any day now.
CFSC News/Update-- No news update to report from CFSC at this time.
--Patrick G. Pontes
Kern River Valley FSC, Grants Administrator