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November 24, 2009 —

As a result of Senate Bill 09-001, CSFS revised the minimum standards and guidelines that counties need to follow when developing Community Wildfire Protection Plans.  Chaffee County and Lake County umbrella plans are grandfathered in so we will not have to go back and make changes. However, when a new community wants to have a CWPP they will need to follow the new guidelines. To have the Chaffee County and Lake County CWPP umbrella plans meet the new standards an implementation plan would need to be included (this would only need to happen if we updated the county wide plan).  The Alpine - St. Elmo CWPP meets the new guidelines.  In the future for any new CWPP it would be good if they followed the same outline as the Alpine - St. Elmo CWPP

One of the new standards is a map of the CWPP area.   CSFS is now tracking CWPP’s geospatially, as a result,the Salida district forester will create a map showing where CWPP’s are located on the district.  To help meet the new mapping standard if a community wants they could use this same map for their CWPP. 


June 29, 2009 — The final signature was added today to the Chaffee County Community Wildfire Protection Plan. The plan as adopted is posted as a 2.43 mb pdf file and also as a Google Docs version which will allow for on-line collaboration in keeping the plan updated.


 
June 5, 2009 — Clint Cordova of C Bar C Land Restoration demonstrated the Fecon grinder/tree shredder for CCFPD wildfire mitigation officer Mark Thomas and Capt. Kent Maxwell at the Smyth Ranch near Browns Canyon.


Chaffee County CWPP update
June 25, 2009

by Damon Lange, district forester

Signature Page: Chief Jim Wingert is stopping by the CSFS office with the signature page to get my signature.  I will scan the signature page and send it to Kent Maxwell so it can be in the CWPP and the draft version on the wildfireplan.org website can be changed to final.  I will also send the CWPP to the CSFS state office so it will be posted on the CSFS web site.

Trail West Subdivision: Meeting planned for Saturday July 11th at the Sangre De Cristo Electric meeting room on hwy 24 in Buena Vista.  There business meeting starts at 9:00 a.m. and the CWPP discussion will be at 10:00 a.m. and run for around 20 -30 minutes.   After the meeting a field trip to the subdivision to walk around and look at their issues.   All are welcome to attend.

Pinyon Hills Subdivision:  A meeting was held in Salida on June 10th to give an overview of what the CWPP process was about and how it could benefit the community.  A request was made at the meeting for the homeowners to schedule a future meeting for CWPP discussions.  I am waiting to hear from the subdivision so I can schedule a meeting.

Alpine and Saint Elmo:  I talked with Melanie Roth on the phone yesterday and we have tentatively scheduled a meeting for July 1st to meet with a small group of interested homeowners in the communities.   When I hear back from Melanie on a firm time and location I will let you know.

Maysville: This morning I received an e-mail from Mary Brown.  She requested a visit from me to visit the homeowners in the community and work on a grant for funding.   I am currently working with her on finding a time and date to meet.  My plan is to meet with interested landowners to come up with a scope of work and a cost estimate to use the remaining BLM money that Chaffee County Fire has.

Mount Harvard Estates:  Bob Box has sent me the completed CWPP plan for Mount Harvard with signatures from Bob Box MHE Wildfire Mitigation Working Group and William Knox President of the Property Association.  I will work with Kent Maxwell to make sure he has a copy of this document for the County CWPP and web page.

Game Trail SubdivisionJohn Bower is the landowner on the southern boundary of Game Trail.  Kathryn Hardgrave our Assistant District Forester is working with Mr. Bower to put in an 18 acre fuel break to that would help protect Game Trail. 

Town of Poncha Spring:  July 6th at 6:30 p.m. at the town hall there is a CWPP meeting for the community members of the Town of Poncha.  All are welcome to attend.  The Town of Poncha did receive grant funding to do fuel mitigation work on their park area north of town and put in a fuel break in the same area.  They will be using a contractor, Town of Poncha employees and the Buena Vista Corrections inmate labor to complete the project.


The Chaffee County Commissioners signed the Chaffee County Community Wildfire Protection Plan on May 5, 2009. Read the article from the Mountain Mail newspaper.


Instructor Charlie Blake (center) gives feedback to students during an S-212 Wildland Fire Chain Saws class field exercise on private land off of County Road 327 southwest of Buena Vista. Charlie volunteers as assistant chief for the Chaffee County Fire Protection District and also teaches for Colorado Firecamp. Mistletoe infestation continues as a forest health issue affecting the wildland-urban interface.
May 30, 2009 — Instructor Charlie Blake (center) gives feedback to students during an S-212 Wildland Fire Chain Saws class field exercise on private land west of County Road 327 near Buena Vista. Charlie volunteers as assistant chief for the Chaffee County Fire Protection District and also teaches for Colorado Firecamp. Mistletoe infestation continues as a forest health issue affecting the wildland-urban interface.



April 2, 2009 public meeting for the Chaffee County CWPP held in Salida, Colorado.
April 2, 2009 — The second public meeting for the Chaffee County Community Wildfire Protection Plan was held at the Steam Plant annex in Salida.  More than 25 citizens attended the first meeting in Buena Vista on March 5th, where the draft plan was discussed. The Chaffee County CWPP as adopted by the Chaffee County Commissioners on May 5th is adopted plan (3.14 mb PDF file).  The highlight of the presentation was the county wildfire hazard maps prepared by Elise Bowne of the U.S. Forest Service with help from John Markalunas and Paul Janzen.


Chaffee County Overall Hazard Rating Map

Game Trail Association CWPP, September, 2008 webpage — also available as Adobe pdf download (11 pages, 2.41 mb pdf file)

Maysville - North Fork CWPP, November, 2008 webpage — also available as Adobe pdf download (4 pages, 15 kb pdf file)

Mount Harvard Estates CWPP, May 2009 webpage — also available as Adobe pdf download (5 pages, 940 kb pdf file)

Town of Poncha Springs CWPP, May 2009 webpage — also available as Adobe pdf download (1 page, 11 kb pdf file)

subdivision rating form

1990's subdivision ratings


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Walter B. Pitkin, as quoted by H.T. Gisborne in “Review of problems and accomplishments in fire control and fire research.” Fire Control Notes, vol. 6, no. 2, April, 1942