Mission Statement

"The mission of EI Dorado County Fire Safe Council is to protect the people of EI Dorado County and their property from the effects of catastrophic wildfire through education, cooperation, innovation and action."

Lotus-Coloma Meetings

2016

Upcoming Agenda:

Coloma-Lotus Fire Safe Council

Wednesday, November 16, 2016, 6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.

Gold Trail Grange No. 452, 319 Highway 49, Coloma CA 95613

 

Draft AGENDA

 

  1. Welcome and Introductions
    1. CalFire Grant for Shaded Fuel Break – Work to Start January   2017
      a. Jeremy Edwards, CCC Conservationist II and Project Coordinator to attend.
      b. Before and after photographs of a similar fuels management project to be shown (Rattlesnake Road)
      c. See information below.
    2. CL Portion of the Countywide Community Wildfire Protection Plan (CWPP)
      a. Major meeting item: discussion of the CL CWPP.
      b. CWPP projects for the CL area to include fuel management along most CL area road corridors. Grants monies, if obtained, would include vegetation clearing work on public and private lands, especially private land adjoining public roads
      c. Maps of CL area road projects will be available
      d. CWPP will also discuss fire safe educational activities; goals including creation of shaded fuel breaks, and coordination with local agencies and organizations.
      e. Community vote on CL- CWPP planned for this meeting.
    3. Local Burn Regulations and Permit Information found here: https://www.edcgov.us/Government/AirQualityManagement/Burn_Information_(Outdoor).aspx
    4. Chipper Service – up to 8 hours of chipping per household still available

    http://www.edcfiresafe.org/programs-grants-2/chipper-program/

    1. Senior/Disabled Assistance – 2016 program assisted about 20 households with $300 of work provided per eligible household.  Applications for 2017 available next spring.
    2. Treasurer Report – Tim Kulton update

    8.      Recap Action Steps and Close

=======End of  Nov. 9, 2016 insert==========

The Coloma-Lotus Fire Safe Council presents

 

Tour a Local Home with CalFire Representatives

Is it Fire Safe? With sufficient Defensible Space? And More!

 

Meeting Location: 620 River Road*, Coloma CA 95613

Wednesday, May 18, 2016, 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.

 

*Directions to 620 River Road, Coloma CA 95613

Starting at the Gold Trail Grange, Cross Mt. Murphy Bridge. You are now within 5 minutes of house. Turn right onto Bayne Road; Drive carefully about ½ mile to River Road; Turn right onto River Road at sign that says “Private”; Drive to upstream end of River Road and park by #620. Welcome!

P.S. – If you see a sign for Serendipity Lane, you have traveled 200 feet too far on Bayne Road.

 

AGENDA

 

  1. Welcome and Introductions – Deborah Kruse
  2. Updates/Status Reports
  • CalFire Grant for $58,957 approved!

This fuel reduction project will create 36.48-acres of shaded fuel break along 4 critical access corridors in the Coloma-Lotus Fire Safe Council area of El Dorado County – Portions of Lotus Road, Marshall Grade, Cold Springs Road & Highway 49.

  • Countywide Community Wildfire Protection Plan (CWPP) – Projects for the CL area are now being identified. Where should future grant applications be sought?
  • Treasurer Report – Tim Kulton
  • Project Manager Report – Bill Deitchman
  1. CalFire Representative Presentation: to discuss what works, what still needs to be done at a local home. Defensible space, “Hardened home”, water tanks, fire sprinklers, Emergency Plan, what’s missing?
  2. Recap Action Steps and Close – Next CL Fire Safe Meeting September, 2016

 

 

EDC Fire Safe Activities and Services 

http://www.edcfiresafe.org/programs-grants-2/chipper-program/

 

Disaster Preparedness for People and Animals – Sunday, May 22, 2016

Hosted by the Pleasant Valley Fire Safe Council at the Pleasant Valley Grange

Join this popular event to learn how to prepare for disaster BEFORE it happens. Think that you are prepared? It’s time to rotate stock and freshen up those packs, so join us for this fun and well-attended refresher. The speakers are fantastic… you won’t want to miss it!

 

CL FSC Purpose and Vision – Updated since we are now formally organized.

 

Purpose of a Coloma-Lotus Fire Safe Council: to bring together public and private organizations and neighbors to form a local group, in order to share information about defensible space and other fire safe topics, to solve problems and link related fire prevention programs in ways that save us money and time. The public safety issues we discuss will extend beyond fire safety to emergency preparedness and response, and greater community resilience.

 

Vision/ Expectations: Vision of a Fire Safe, Emergency Prepared and Resilient Coloma-Lotus Community. With 10-12 or more like-minded persons willing to join together and volunteer about 4 hours/month for the next 12-24 months, we will promote a stronger, more flexible and friendlier community, eligible to request and receive free chipping, defensible space support, and related fire safe services

 

 

Looking for Additional Volunteers.  All support, including meeting attendance, is very appreciated. Ask Tim, Bill or Deborah for more info:

 

Chairperson/Secretary – Deborah Kruse

Treasurer/Co-Chair – Tim Kulton

Parliamentarian – Your Name Here

Project Coordinator – Bill Deitchman

County FSC Liaison – Your Name Here

Neighborhood Coordinators – Your Name Here

End of May Agenda =========================

Start April Agenda ===========================

Wednesday,   April  20, 2016,   6:00 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.

  1. Welcome and Introductions
  2. Updates/Status Reports
  • Big News: CalFire Grant for $58,957 given preliminary approval!

This fuel reduction project will create 36.48-acres of shaded fuel break along 4 critical access corridors in the Coloma-Lotus Fire Safe Council area of El Dorado County – Portions of Lotus Road, Marshall Grade, Cold Springs Road and Highway 49.  See map and other info below.

http://www.edcfiresafe.org/programs-grants-2/chipper-program/

  1. Treasurer Report – Tim Kulton
  2. Project Manager – Bill Deichman Report – See fire safe events listed below.
  3. The Fire Wise and Water Wise Landscape: Master Gardeners Robin Stanley and retired CAL FIRE Chief Deputy Director Mark Stanley presentation on how to harmonize aesthetics and safety to increase the chances your property and home can withstand a wildfire. The presenters will also discuss the varieties of plants that are both fire resistant and water-conserving, with a focus upon modifications you can make in your landscape to make it both fire wise and water wise.
  4. Recap Action Steps and Close

END of April Agenda ============================

March Agenda:

Wednesday, March 16, 2016, 6:00 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.

1. Welcome and Introductions
2. Updates/Status Reports
• CL Fire Safe Council Upcoming Plans – 2016+ (third Wednesday of Month;  new start time of 6pm)
• CalFire Grant Application (submitted in January) – any news?
• Countywide Community Wildfire Prevention Plan (CWPP) Status Update
• El Nino – Update / Flood Preparedness
• Are Burn Permits OK’d Yet? – Yes, and be sure to follow safety protocols
• How to apply for Chipper Service – http://www.edcfiresafe.org/programs-grants-2/chipper-program/
3. Treasurer’s Report – Tim Kulton
4. CL Community Wildfire Protection Plan (CWPP) – Important     .     Presentation on Countywide (west slope) CWPP – Pat Dwyer 
5. Recap Action Steps and Close

 END of Agenda =====================

2016 Minutes: =============================

Mar 2016 Minutes:

 

  1. CL Fire Safe Council – Second Meeting of 2016 with about 16 attendees. The CL Fire Safe Council Upcoming Plans include meeting at 6:00-7:30pm (note earlier time!) on the third Wednesday of the Month during spring (February – May) and fall (September – November).

 

  1. Updates/Status Reports
  • CalFire Grant Application submitted in January – no news yet!
  • El Nino – Flood Preparedness – Be ready for possible local flooding
  • Burn – now during Rainy Season is the right time to obtain a County Burn Permit and follow safety protocols
  • Chipper Service available through 2016 and beyond – http://www.edcfiresafe.org/programs-grants-2/chipper-program/

 

  1. Treasurer’s Report – Tim Kulton reported that Umpqua Bank Account at about $340 after payment of grant-related printing and mailing costs. Bank charges $10/month.

 

  1. A presentation on the Countywide Community Wildfire Prevention Plan (CWPP) Update was conducted by Mr. Pat Dwyer, EDC FSC Chair.  A PowerPoint presentation (originally presented by SIG on February 23, 2016 – see: http://www.edcfiresafe.org/dr-richard-harris-el-dorado-county-cwpp-presentation/) was followed by a request for CL Fire Safe Council residents to provide input on the CL portion of the Community Wildfire Protection Plan. CWPP consultants are looking at our valley to learn what projects would help resident and visitor evacuation /fire fighter access, shaded fuel breaks, & defensible space. All county roadways serve multiple functions (evacuation for residents/access for firefighter/fuel breaks) and therefore are a major focus when considering potential CWPP projects. The CWPP consultants are using GIS and aerial photography to model the most fire-prone locations and similar information.  A number of community members filled out and submitted responses to a survey that was distributed (attached).

 

  1. Recap Action Steps and Close

 

Upcoming Fire Safe Events

 

  • CAL FIRE Defensible Space “Evaluator” Training sponsored by the EDC FSC

Tuesday, March 22, 2015, 1:00 – 3:00 p.m. At the USFS Headquarters, 100 Forni Road, Placerville CAResidents are encouraged to attend Free Training/ many handouts.

 

  • C-L FIRE SAFE COUNCIL MEETING at Gold Trail Grange No. 452

Wednesday, April 20, 2016, 6:00 – 7:30 p.m.  Monthly Meeting Agenda TBD

 

  • Cool FSC Preparedness Event / Presentation Monday, April 25, 5-7pm. Learn more about being prepared in advance of emergencies – at Northside School in Cool
  • El Dorado County Home and Garden Show, April 29 – May 1st, EDC Fairgrounds

Look for the the EDC – Fire Safe Council Exhibit (with free handouts and swag)

 

  • Pollock Pines FSC Fire Wise – Saturday May 7th Field Day in Camino, CA

Family Fun and food with activities for children of all ages

 

  • C-L FIRE SAFE COUNCIL MEETING at Gold Trail Grange No. 452

Wednesday, May 18, 2016, 6:00 – 7:30 p.m.  Monthly Meeting Agenda TBD

 

CL FSC Purpose and Vision – Updated since we are now formally organized:

 

Purpose of a Coloma-Lotus Fire Safe Council: to bring together public and private organizations and neighbors to form a local group, in order to share information about defensible space and other fire safe topics, to solve problems and link related fire prevention programs in ways that save us money and time. The public safety issues we discuss will extend beyond fire safety to emergency preparedness and response, and greater community resilience.

 

Vision/ Expectations: Vision of a Fire Safe, Emergency Prepared and Resilient Coloma-Lotus Community. With 10-12 or more like-minded persons willing to join together and volunteer about 4 hours/month for the next 12-24 months, we will promote a stronger, more flexible and friendlier community, eligible to request and receive free chipping, defensible space support, and related fire safe services.

 

Looking for Additional Volunteers – Talk with Tim, Bill or Deborah for more info:

 

Chairperson/Secretary – Deborah Kruse

Treasurer/Co-Chair – Tim Kulton

Parliamentarian – Your Name Here

Project Coordinator – Bill Deitchman

County FSC Liaison – Your Name Here

Neighborhood Coordinators – Your Name Here!

END  Mar 2016 Minutes ===========================

Feb 2016 Minutes:

  1. CL Fire Safe Council – First Meeting of 2016 with over 12 attendees. The CL Fire Safe Council Upcoming Plans include meeting on the third Wednesday of the Month during spring (February – May) and fall (September – November). The Gold Trail Grange and the Countywide FSC have put our meetings on their schedules. By-Laws and Guidelines are in process.

 

  1. The CL FSC is seeking a few good Volunteers to fill several positions. All volunteer efforts, large and small, are appreciated. Persons attending meetings can have their time recognized as providing “in-kind” funds when we apply for grants, so please sign in every time.

 

  1. The upcoming events listed below were announced.

 

  1. CL FSC officers prepared and submitted a CalFire Grant Application in early January after much effort (about 100 hours of volunteer time). We will learn whether the submitted grant application is funded during late March.

 

  1. Countywide Community Wildfire Prevention Plan (CWPP) Status Update: consultants work is underway. The big news is that CL input will be requested at the next local meeting, Wednesday, March 16, 2016.

 

  1. El Nino – It was noted that although the South Fork River flows have not exceeded 6,000 cfs that winter and spring is the time of year to be aware of flood potential.

 

  1. Are Burn Permits OK’d Yet? – Ok to burn excess wood now. Be sure to follow safety protocols whether your fire is small or larger. Be sure to have close by water, fire extinguishers, and a signed on-line permit.

 

  1. Monies are still available to apply for Chipper Service  http://www.edcfiresafe.org/programs-grants-2/chipper-program/

 

  1. Senior Program to open up next month – Up to $300 per household for seniors unable to work or pay for clearance of their own property. Application Forms are on-line at www.edcfiresafe.org

 

  1. Treasurer’s Report – Tim Kulton reported that $340 is in the Umpqua Bank Account,

 

  1. Presentation and discussion with Q&A. First, Red Cross volunteer Patty Boyer discussed helping at the 2015 Butte Fire after training with the local Red Cross organization. The Jackson Casino generously provided food and shelter during the Butte Fire. Trained volunteers can receive a call at any time (often late at night), however can refuse based on their own situation.

 

FEMA Responder Colleen Ranalli discussed being a medical team member with 17 disaster deployments starting with 2005 Hurricane Katrina. Colleen’s role on the medical team of about 50 persons is to look out for the mental health of the team (to avoid burn out by responders).  She clarified that the Red Cross, as the local NGO, typically arrives before FEMA, since governmental agencies must wait for formal designation of an emergency before acting.

 

Practical advice from the speakers:

  • During a fire or other emergency situation, check in with the Red Cross Emergency Center so that you are accounted for and can be reached, even if you are not staying at the emergency center location.
  • Be prepared to take care of yourself and family for up to 72 hours without needing food, water, or other support. Don’t assume that cell phone and other utilities will be available.
  • Evacuate when requested. This saves lives and property.

 

  1. Meeting closed at 8:35pm.

 

The upcoming events listed below were announced:

 

#1 – C-L FIRE SAFE COUNCIL MEETING at the Gold Trail Grange No. 452

Wednesday, March 16, 2016, 7:00 – 8:30 p.m.

Presentation and discussion about the C-L portion of the Countywide Community Wildfire Protection Plan (CWPP)

 

#2 – CAL FIRE Defensible Space “Evaluator” Training sponsored by the EDC FSC

Tuesday, March 22, 2015, 1:00 – 3:00 p.m.

All Residents are encouraged to attend Free Training/ many handouts.

(At the USFS Headquarters, 100 Forni Road, Placerville CA)

 

#3 – Rural Communities on the Divide Group Meeting

Thursday, March 24, 2015, 6:00 – 8:00 p.m.

Ron Wolsfeld, Organizer of Rural Communities Group, invited CL FSC & other FSCs

(At the Garden Valley Fire Station, 4850 Marshall Rd., Garden Valley CA)

 

#4 – Cool FSC Preparedness Event / Presentation Monday, April 25, 5-7pm. Learn more about getting ready and being prepared in advance.  The presentation will be held at Northside School.  Pizza and beverages will be available.

 

Meeting Notes Submitted by CL FSC Chairperson/Secretary – Deborah Kruse

END Feb 2016 Minutes =========================

 

2015 Agendas: ============================

 Nov. 18th 2015

At the Wednesday 11/18/2015, 7- 8:30pm Meeting – BIG News

1) CL Fire Safe Council now formed – meet the Officers

2) Countywide Community Wildfire Prevention Plan Status Update
3) El Nino – Status Update and Flood Preparedness Practical Tips
4) Are Burn Permits OK’d Yet?
5) Lessons Learned from the Butte and King Fires
6) How to apply for Free Chipper Service-  http://www.edcfiresafe.org/programs-grants-2/chipper-program/
 When you apply, indicate your neighborhood area in Coloma-Lotus so that work might be coordinated by neighborhood.
7) Upcoming CL Fire Safe Council Plans

2015 Minutes: =============================

Nov. 18th 2015:

  1. CL Fire Safe Council is now formed with the following officers, with additional (officer and non-officer) positions available:
    1. Chairperson/Secretary – Deborah Kruse
    2. Treasurer/Co-Chair – Tim Kulton
    3. Project Coordinator – Bill Deitchman
    4. Parliamentarian – Your Name Here!
    5. Neighborhood Coordinator – Your Name Here!

 

  1. County wide Community Wildfire Prevention Plan (CWPP) Status Update. PowerPoint, originally presented August 2015, by Steve Willis, EDC-FSC.  Note: Copy of PowerPoint is on the El Dorado County Fire Safe Council Website  (EDC FSC)

 

  1. El Nino – Update and Flood Preparedness Practical Suggestions were discussed. Clean up your yard and prevent lawn chairs, propane tanks and other items from flowing downstream.

 

  1. Emergency Food Contest – October potluck held with contest at the Grange.

 

  1. Are Burn Permits OK’d Yet? – Yes, but remember to be safe and follow the rules – online permit, call EDC Air District to verify burn day. Other information at EDC FSC website.

 

  1. To apply for Chipper Service, first prepare your yard as shown on EDC FSC website link, below. About $100k available. Tell your neighbors. Learn more and Apply:  http://www.edcfiresafe.org/programs-grants-2/chipper-program/

 

  1. Lessons Learned from the Butte Pat Dryer, EDC FSC showed U-Tube video taken during the 2015 Butte Fire that spelled out how fire safe projects in Amador County redirected fire, saving homes and businesses.

 

  1. Upcoming CL Fire Safe Council Plans – Meetings to resume in early 2016, Dates TBD.

 

  1. Close at 8:25pm