The Highway 108 Fire Safe Council has been awarded $414,960 though the CAL FIRE California Climate Investments Fire Prevention Grant program to build a shaded fuel break in the Ponderosa Hills-Mira Monte area.
The Ponderosa-Mira Monte Shaded Fuel Break will connect two existing fuel breaks—the Rim Contingency Shaded Fuel Break and the Mt. Havalia Shaded Fuel Break—and connect the Ponderosa Hills/Mira Monte subdivisions and Tuolumne City. The area between the Rim Contingency and Mt. Havalia fuel breaks has never been treated because of steep terrain.
The Ponderosa-Mira Monte fuel break will protect approximately 1,400 homes in the subdivisions of Ponderosa Hills and Mira Monte, numerous single family homes scattered through the surrounding wildland-urban interface, the Tuolumne Rancheria, and Tuolumne City.
Area to be covered by the fuel break is 1.88 miles and 68.18 acres, and it will be approximately 300 feet wide depending on the terrain.
CAL FIRE funding for a total of $252,027 was also received by the Council in 2018 for two projects—the Pack Trail Fire Safety Project and the Lyons Bald Mountain to Ivy Court Shaded Fuel Break.