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11485 LOMA RICA ROAD

BROWNS VALLEY STATION #62

9471 BROWNS VALLEY SCHOOL RD.

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APPROVED MINUTES OCTOBER 23, 2017

 

SPECIAL MEETING 6:30PM

 

 

 

 

  • MEETING CALL TO ORDER:

Present: Biggs, Duckels, Kattuah, Kinkle, Poggi

 

  • PUBLIC COMMUNICATION: Volunteer Leno Mota informed the Board that a volunteer for the District who lives on Scott Grant Road lost his home in the Cascade Fire. He is going to talk to the other volunteers about what they can do for assistance.

 

  • CHRIS DE SENA (NEU District Chief) AND GEORGE MORRIS III (NEU Unit Chief) / CAL FIRE

  • Discuss Amador Contract: NEU Unit Chief Morris informed the Board that the State Department of Finance is discussing a discount on districts affected by the wildfires, as the loss of tax base would affect the function of special districts, and a significant reduction in service cannot be allowed. The State is trying to determine a reasonable way to calculate the loss in tax base to the District to calculate any discount on the Amador Contract, as there is currently no law to compel them to do this.

 

GM Poggi to provide total number of parcels affected and other information as may be needed to Chief Morris. Director Duckels to provide GM Poggi with an updated list of affected parcels from the County. Chief Morris asked that the information be provided as soon as possible.

 

Chief DeSena stated that the County has ruled that if a home is rebuilt with the same number of bedrooms and bathrooms, they can use the original type of septic system; however if they add bedrooms or bathrooms, then the owner will need to have perc testing done and install the new style of septic system.

 

The Board was informed that with the new fiscal year budget effective July 1, 2017, Cal Fire received an increase in funding and now has monies available for vegetation management. Each unit will have two engines year round at the State’s expense.

 

  • Discuss Cascade Fire: The Cascade Fire occurred during sustained winds of 55-65 mph, with gusts up to 73 mph, the strength of an EF-1 tornado, and the humidity level was in the single digits. The fire moved 2 miles in just 30 minutes down Los Verjeles Road. At nearly the same time, the Wind Complex fires started (Cascade Fire stared at 11:03PM, October 8, 2017; the Lobo Fire started at 12:01AM October 9; McCourtney started at 12:00AM October 9; and the LaPorte fire started at 12:57AM October 9), while crews (a quarter of the units) were already battling the Cherokee Fire, a fire in North San Juan, and a fire in Wheatland. There were 15 major fires within an hour of each other, making it very difficult to update information. Ultimately, the Cascade Fire was the 19th most deadly fire in California.

 

 

 

 

MEETING ADJOURNED 7:01PM

Respectfully submitted

Kim Biggs—Vice Chair