The chipper program is off the ground and chipping is now starting in the burn area. Application/registration forms can be found at www.lakercd.org/lc-rcd-chipper-program.html, lakecountyrecovers.com or www.lcaqmd.net, or by calling RCD at 707-263-7089. For general program information you can also call the LCAQMD at 707-263-7000. It is essential to submit chipping applications in as soon as possible to ensure the program continues. (If there are no applications, the program may have to be shutdown.)
Approximately 950 trees remain to be cleared on 80 parcels throughout the Valley Fire area that have returned right-of-entry forms from the property owners. Eligible trees are limited to those that present an imminent threat to the County right-of-way. A contractor will be hired through a competitive procurement process to complete the work; the request for proposals will be solicited within the next two weeks. Beneficial reuse options for the trees – such as timber processing and biomass – will be highly encouraged.
In addition, for owners who have applied for building and burned trees are hazardous to building sites, tree felling services are available through a CalPine grant. This service is funded with Cobb Mitigation Funds and thus, must be limited to the Cobb area only. For info, contact Rob Brown at 707-349-2628.
Office of Emergency Services
Lake Area Rotary Club Association (LARCA) is willing to donate monies for the purchase of sirens. Sheriff’s Office is seeking donations from Calpine, NCPA, PG&E and Lake County Rising to help fund the project.
Guardrail replacement and signs/striping project contracts have been approved and we expect construction to begin in mid-August. Public Works is currently working on a secondary access road for Anderson Springs. Pot hole patching is taking place burn area wide, while funding for permanent road repairs continues to be pursued.
USDA-NRCS has been working with private timberland owners to assist with clean-up of logging slash and remaining dead trees and reforestation. To date, approximately $2.5 million dollars in financial assistance have been committed to these private landowners to assist with restoration. Current projects have plans to plant approximately 150,000 trees in 2017 and 350,000 trees in 2018. Lake County Resource Conservation District ordered 100,000 seedlings for 2017 projects and will be placing an order for 2018 in the late fall.
Roughly 100 logging trucks per day are traveling to/from Bogg's mountain in the clean up effort. The Board of Forestry met at Boggs last week and toured the fire area. Though logging is still on-going, the number is probably half of what it was, maybe 50 trucks a day. Mendocino Forest Products has had to cut back on the number of trees they can take from Cobb. The market is glutted and they have an over-stock of supply right now. Logs are going to Collins Pine in Chester, and the Sierra Pacific Mill in Lincoln. Private landowners continue to ship logs for export, mostly China. So far, that market has remained relatively stable.
60,000 seedlings are on order from one Registered Professional Forester for his clients. 100K seedlings are being grown, funded by Lake County Rising and the Rotarians. The distribution of these seedlings will be administered by the LC RCD. Discussions are underway to find a “holding cell” for the seedlings to keep them in cold storage until such time they can be planted. Planting is dependent on weather and soil temperatures. If rains come early, planting may occur in January, ideally, late February or early March is optimal as soil temps start to rise. But it all depends of the rains.
There will be literally millions of trees across the landscape that will simply fall over and rot over the coming years as landowners are free to manage their lands.
For the CalOES and CalRecycle project, 1,183 residential lots registered and 1,183 completed, between 10/12/15 and 06/28/16. Nine lots cleared and completed as Nuisance Abatement operation. Total tonnage is approximately 250,000 tons of ash/debris, metal, soil, concrete and green waste. Debris clearance field workforce: 514 total at peak; 228+ were hired and trained locally.
For private contractor or property owner clean-up, 194 lots registered and 155 completed and approved; 39 remain in latter stages of clean up or testing
Hoberg's Debris Removal
There is no update at this time. However Hoberg’s management is due to present an update to the Board of Supervisors on 08/02/16.
Fire Mitigation Fee Ordinance Amendment in Progress
South Lake County Fire contacted County Administration to recommend that change be made to the County Ordinance Code, increasing the time from one to two years, during which the fire mitigation fee is waived, for home owners obtaining permits to rebuild homes lost in fires which are a part of a local disaster declaration. This would include all the wildfire disasters of 2015. The Board of Supervisors supports this change and the first reading of the amended ordinance took place on 07/26/16, with the second and final reading set for 08/02/16.
We are working with the California Department of Housing and Community Development (HCD) to schedule a special workshop on the CalHOME program on 09/01/16. This meeting will take the place of our regular Task Force meeting and will provide in-depth information on CalHOME, a program which can provide up to $60,000 per household to help with rebuilding. This meeting is set for 6:00 pm on 09/01/16, at the Middletown Senior Center at 21256 Washington Street in Middletown.
The Task Force is a partnership of local, state and community representatives working together to provide comprehensive services to aid in the recovery of Clayton Fire survivors and the rebuilding of Lower Lake. Meetings provide an opportunity for fire survivors to share their concerns and ask questions of members of the Task Force.