Fire & Fuels - Orleans/Somes Bar Fire Safe Council
Fuels Reduction Controlled Burn
MKWC conducts wildfire safety and fuels reduction work via the
Orleans/Somes Bar Fire Safe Council (OSB FSC), a local chapter of
the California Fire Safe Council that serves the Mid Klamath area
from near Weitchpec to Dillon Creek.
Established in 2001, the
mission of the OSB FSC is to help plan, implement and monitor the
reinstatement of historic fire regimes, primarily through strategic
fuels reduction, in a manner that protects life, property, improves
forest health, and enhances the resources valued by its
Since 2001, the OSB FSC has secured nearly $1
million dollars to conduct hazard fuels reduction, prescribed
burning and wildfire prevention planning in the Wildland Urban
Interface. To date we have treated nearly 500 acres and coordinated
over 30 volunteer workdays on private property throughout our
planning area. We are currently working on our Orleans/Somes Bar
Community Wildfire Protection Plan, which outlines a course of
action over the next ten years and beyond for protecting our
communities from wildfire (see below). Learn more about our
prescribed burning program.
The OSB FSC hosts many volunteer workdays to reduce fuel
hazards around homes, burn debris left over from fuels reduction
work, conduct prescribed burns and remove noxious weeds. If you
would like to be notified when we are having a workday, please
contact our office.
The OSB FSC often has planning meetings at the Panamnik Building
These meetings are open to the public and include updates on fire
planning efforts from the USFS, Karuk Tribe Fire Program, OSB FSC,
and Orleans Volunteer Fire Department. Contact the office to find
out when the next meeting will be.
The MKWC Fire and Fuels program has a new
landowner rebate program called
FLASH: Fire-adapted Landscapes And Safe Homes. Find out now if
your project qualifies. Get paid to work on your own property!
FLASH Update- Currently 2012 FLASH funds have
been allocated and there is a wait list. As of December 2012, there
are 14 Humboldt County landowners participating in the FLASH
program. Please feel free to call for more information or to be
placed on a waiting list.
presentations from the 2008 and 2011 Klamath Fire Ecology Symposium are now
available on our
Community meetings and the Orleans Somes Bar
Wildfire Protection Plan
The notes and suggested
projects from the recent neighborhood meetings
held in Orleans
and Somes Bar will soon be available to residents.
and reccomendations will also be attached to the
Wildfire Protection Plan, and are an important way that each
neighborhood's specific concerns get incorporated into the plan.
NEED MOWING OR CHIPPING?
MKWC and the Fire Safe Council offer mowing and
chipping services throughout the summer and fall at the following
rates: You will notice that our rates have gone up. We have been
operating at a deficit for a number of years, as the costs of fuel
and equipment maintenance have continued to rise.
Tractor/mower and operator: $55/hr
Cat chipper: $65/hr (please provide helper)
DR Mower (17 hp) and operator: $40/hr
DR Mower rental to qualified community members: $60/day or $300/week
Weed Eating with operator: $25/hr