The Butte Fire Safe Council was awarded grants for three fuel reduction projects in the Forbestown area that will provide fire fighters with more tools if a fire occurs. The U.S. Forest Service, Bureau of Land Management, and the Yuba and Butte Fire Safe Councils, have worked together to develop a comprehensive network of Defensible Fuel Profile Zones (DFPZ's) to protect the at fire risk communities of Forbestown and Brownsville.
Work is anticipated to begin on the project in November of this year and continue through May of 2013. Project work will occur along Forbestown and Lower Forbestown roads and on private lands. The Sierra Nevada Conservancy has provided grant funds to treat 90 acres and Forest Service Stevens funds will treat 302 acres.
The reduction of understory fuel will change fire behavior on the lower flank of Forbestown and to assist in preventing a north wind driven fire from going over the ridge into the Brownsville community. Also, by treating on the down slope side of the Forbestown Road leading to Oroville, there will be an improvement in evacuation and fire fighter access safety during a fire.
The process brought together private landowners, community members and agencies to create and coordinate DFPZ's spanning properties under multiple ownerships. The overall fuels reduction project on these strategically located properties has been organized to achieve optimum defense of the at risk communities.
Work will reduce the fuels in seven phases on the total 556 acres of the two mile long Forbestown Fuel break project. The Butte County Public Works Department has secured funding from the Forest Service to treat fuels along six miles of Forbestown Road. To build on that the Butte Fire Safe Council will work with landowners to treat 70 acres along Forbestown area roads designated by the Forbestown Fire Safe Council to reduce fuels on their property to connect to some of the work done by Public Works.
For more information call the BCFSC at 877-0984 or visit www.thenet411.net.