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Posted by: Kim_Hamilton on 06/01/2008 11:14 PM Updated by: Kim_Hamilton on 06/01/2008 11:18 PM
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Community is Invited to Discuss Fire Protection Strategy

Sonora, CA..…Fire Safe Council President Jerry Tannhauser today announced the Highway 108 FireSafe Council is inviting residents and homeowners in the Tuolumne area to meet and discuss fire protection, emergency preparedness, and fire prevention measures needed to protect life, property, and resources from wildland fires. The subject area consists of public, Me-Wuk tribal, and private land accessed by Tuolumne Road North.......

The open public meeting is scheduled to be held at the Tuolumne Veteran’s Memorial Hall, located at Pine Street and Fair Avenue in Tuolumne, at 6:30 p.m., Thursday, June 5, 2008. The purpose of the meeting is to provide private landowners, and local fire agency officials the opportunity to discuss and consider a strategic planning link between local fire protection, emergency access, and community fire prevention measures that support firefighting efforts.

The meeting will feature a program focused on the important role fire plays in reducing flammable fuels and maintaining the ecological balance of landscapes within Yosemite National Park. Additionally, the presentation will cover key aspects of the Park’s fuels management program and close coordination with other agencies. Agency officials will be on hand to discuss community fire awareness, defensible space accomplishments, and opportunities for private land projects that enhance coordinated multi-agency fuel break construction and maintenance efforts.

During the second half of the meeting, the FireSafe Council will listen and discuss ideas and comments from residents in the communities of the Tuolumne Rancheria, Ponderosa Hills, Tuolumne City, and surrounding areas. The discussion is intended to help fire agencies better identify the existing wildland fire danger present on public lands administered by the Bureau of Land Management (BLM), Forest Service (FS), Tribal lands administered by the Tuolumne Me-Wuk, and adjacent private property located within the County and State Responsibility Area protected by Tuolumne County Fire Department and CAL FIRE (California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection).

The general area surrounding Tuolumne consists of private land located in the wildland-urban interface (WUI), with portions bordering tribal, BLM, and FS land. The area is considered a priority concern due to the level of flammable vegetation, adjacent homes, and the potential threat to life, property, and other values at risk due to large and damaging wildlfires. Members of the public are asked to help agency officials identify priority areas and opportunities for strategic fuel reduction projects, generally located on private lands adjacent to federally administered lands and surrounding communities.

The Highway 108 FireSafe Council works with the Tuolumne County Fire Department, CAL FIRE, USDA Forest Service, USDI Bureau of Land Management, Columbia Fire Protection District, Tuolumne Me-Wuk Tribal Fire Department, Tuolumne City Fire Protection District, Sonora City Fire Department, local fire districts, and local communities to develop and implement strategic community wildfire protection plans.

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