The Highway 108 Fire Safe Council has been approved for funding for two projects under the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection California Climate Investments Fire Prevention Grants Program.
Funding approved was $252,027 for two shaded fuel break projects—the Pack Trail Fire Safety Project and the Lyons Bald Mountain Road to Ivy Court Shaded Fuel Break.
The Pack Trail Project is a continuation of the Pack Trail Fire Safety Project funded in 2016 by CAL FIRE. The majority of the shaded fuel break was constructed in 2017 and 2018 to protect the Pack Trail community, located between Big Hill Road and Cedar Ridge. The new funding will allow the Council to construct an additional approximately 12 acres of fuel break.
The Pack Trail Shaded Fuel Break provides direct protection to the 27 single-family homes in the Pack Trail subdivision and indirect protection to approximately 500 homes in the Cedar Ridge subdivision.
The Lyons Bald Mountain Road to Ivy Court Shaded Fuel Break runs cross county on private property from north to south, connecting Lyons Bald Mountain Road and Ivy Court near Cabezut Road. It is strategically located to improve protection to the City of Sonora from wildfires approaching from the east and to Apple Valley, Phoenix Lake, and other private lands from wildfires originating near the outskirts of Sonora and spreading towards the east.
The California Climate Investments CAL FIRE funding will allow the fuel break to be completed. When fully constructed, the Lyons Bald Mountain to Ivy Court Shaded Fuel Break will improve fire protection for over 50,000 acres.
Work on both projects will start in 2019.