Fire Adapted 50: Phase B (Copperton Unit)
Fire Adapted 50: Phase B (Copperton Unit) is part of a series of wildfire fuels reduction projects to be completed through Fire Adapted 50 (FA50) Phase B, an innovative all-lands approach to increasing fire resiliency and fire adapted communities along the Wildland-Urban Interface (WUI) of the U.S. Highway 50 corridor. FA50 was developed to strengthen and expand existing fuel breaks in the WUI zone of the South Fork American River (SOFAR) watershed and consists of several projects, primarily along the Highway 50 corridor, where there have been five large and devastating fires in the last 40 years. It is a collaborative effort between the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (CAL FIRE), the U.S. Forest Service, the El Dorado Resource Conservation District and the Georgetown Divide Resource Conservation District (RCDs). FA50 Phase B is consistent with the Fire Adapted Communities component of the National Cohesive Wildland Fire Management Strategy.
In particular, the Copperton Unit will focus on creating a fuel break of approximately 155 acres in the Copperton neighborhood of Pollock Pines. Work is currently in the planning phase, with site treatment set to begin in spring 2021. Landowners whose properties fall within the desired treatment area have been sent a Right of Entry (ROE) agreement from the RCDs, which must be signed and returned in order for each property to be included. Community participation in the project is both voluntary and essential to the project’s success. The land will be treated using a combination of mastication and hand-thinning methods, and work is performed at no cost to the landowner.
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Example of pre-treatment conditions, March 2021