The Governor's Office of Emergency Services (CalOES) is partnering with CalFire and the Shasta Valley Resource Conservation District to implement defensible space work in the west Mt. Shasta area. The project is a part of the CalOES California Wildfire Mitigation Program (CWMP). This area was selected due to the hazardous fuel loading with that exists within the wildland-urban interface, in addition to pre-existing CEQA coverage through the West Mt. Shasta CalVTP.
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The project will involve treating the following areas around habitable structures and outbuildings based on current and future CalFire defensible space current and future requirements:
Zone 0: 0-5 feet from the structure
Everything combustible (living, dead, or man-made) will be removed and replaced with non-combustible material. Wooden fences attached to structures will be replaced with non-combustible material for approximately 5 feet from structure.
Zone 1: 5-30 feet from the structure
Brush and trees will be spaced vertically and horizontally to reduce heavy fuel build up. Remaining vegetation is green and well watered.
Zone 2: 30-100 feet from structure
Brush and trees will be spaces vertically and horizontally to reduce heavy fuel build up. Tree canopies will be spaced to a minimum of 10 feet between crowns. This distance will increase on steep slopes.
All zones require the removal of downed logs and/or stumps along with other debris and slash that exceeds 3 inches in depth.
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