Workshop a success |

Workshop a success

by Jo Rafferty

The workshop on a fire plan for Alpine County was a success, according to Alpine County Fire Safe Council coordinator Clint Celio of C.G. Celio & Sons.

The Fire Safe Council met on Nov. 22 to mull over a draft of the Alpine County Community Fire Plan and to get comments from county supervisors and the public.

“It centered around how to get some of the high priorities done,” said Celio. “Based on the comments we got Monday and we got from the rest of the board, what we’re going to do is update the plan.”

Celio said the plan should be finalized by the end of the year.

Communities within the county that are most at risk are Woodfords, Markleeville, Bear Valley and Kirkwood, according to the fire plan.

In Woodfords, the Mesa Vista and Upper Diamond Valley/Manzanita Lane planning areas received the highest risk ratings. Alpine Village, Crystal Springs, River Ranch and the Washoe Indian Colony got medium-risk ratings.

In Markleeville, the Markleevillage/Thornburg subdivision and the Shay Creek subdivision were rated as high risks for fire. Downtown Markleeville and the Morrison subdivision received a medium-risk rating.

Ratings for the Kirkwood and Bear Valley planning areas have not been completed.

The fire plan states that the homeowner is the first line of defense in protecting structures from wildfire.

“In general, defensible space needs to be improved around structures,” it said.