Sunday, September 17, 2017

SO THIS IS WHERE DV FIRE GRANT MONEY IS GOING?

 $42,500 for 6.7 acres of DEFENSIBLE SPACE?

This Tuesday night  at 5:00 PM the Alpine Fire Board will be asked once again to endorse a Back Country Land Trust (BCLT) project for suburban Alpine.   These are the same Fire Grant Funds many DV residents were were denied this year.  And 43% of the grant is just for management, administration, and monitoring.   This is just plain wrong.  
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Sunrise Powerlink Fire Mitigation 2017
Community Protection Grant Application
FROM BACKCOUNTRY LAND TRUST TO SPFMG* 
(Sunrise Powerlink Fire Mitigation Group)
Asking the endorsement of the Alpine Fire Department Board of Directors.


OUR SUMMARY OF THE REQUEST:  $42,500 for 8 weeks of work to clear two species of invasive plants from 6.7 acres around Alpine Creek. $18,500 for Overhead/Admin [43%].  This is on top of the already high (17%) admin costs for Grant Administration. DV'ers who receive grants are allowed to charge only $15/hour for this kind of work.  Not so these Alpine people.
  • 960 hours of field crew labor @ $25/hour = $24,000
  • 200 hours of Administration/Monitoring @ $50/hour = $10,000
  • Archeologist @ $2,500 
  • Administration, insurance, office supplies @ $2,400
  • Chipping by Fire Safe Council @ $3,600  [Doesn't this seem like double-dipping? The Alpine Fire Safe Council also applies for Fire Grants funds.  Why do they charge a fellow community group so much?  That's not what we do in Deerhorn. That's a city thing.
Full application is here on pages 41-54:  

Here's the actual budget request. 
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"Underground transmission lines [all of Alpine] do NOT have the capacity to result in long-term operational wildfire ignitions..."  — SDG&E  SPL Final Mitigation Report 2011
"All of Alpine is now eligible to take advantage of the grant.  fought to...have them be part of the total area of eligibility.” —Alpine Fire Marshal, voting member of SPFMG 2016

Tuesday, September 12, 2017

FIRE GRANTS OPEN HOUSE — If you're up for two hours of driving on a weeknight via winding and unlit mountain roads.

Let SPFMG know that holding  this Open House in Alpine— on a weeknight— presents a serious hardship for those of us who must drive at least one hour (each way) on unlit mountain roads to attend. Though SPFMG and SDG&E were invited to speak at the Jamul-Dulzura Planning Group Meeting last July, they refused and said we were "welcome" to attend this meeting in Alpine. 

Our 8-5 working folks can't even get home by 6:00 PM.  SPFMG's priorities are clearly in Alpine, Harbison Canyon, Crest, and other non-qualified communities.  

Once again Deerhorn, Jamul, and Dulzura are ignored and these funds designed to "partially mitigate" our increased risk of fire from the Powerlink are going to suburban areas with underground lines.   Just smells seriously rotten.

Let them know:
SPFMG: 1-833-830-1115


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SDG&E actually explained in writing why they should not be required to pay for these very homes:
  1. "Underground transmission lines do not have the capacity to result in long-term operational wildfire ignition…"  (Oops... SPFMG added all of Alpine.)
  2.  “…areas upwind of the overhead portions of the transmission line would not be affected by a Santa Ana wind-driven wildfire with its origin in the [Powerlink].”  (Oops... SPFMG added these too!)
  3. “…the community of Harbison Canyon, located in the southern portion of the figure, was reasonably excluded…due to its location, which is directly downwind of the underground portion of the transmission line.”  (Oops... Harbison Canyon, and thousands of other homes were added to Eligibility) (Oops... SPFMG added all of Harbison Canyon and other areas downwind of the underground lines.)

THEN THIS BIG OOPS... The Alpine Fire Marshal (below) is a voting member of the SPFMG.  Seems  inappropriate to have him "fighting" to include all of Underground Alpine - his jurisdiction? Maybe even a "Conflict of Interest?"  Better legal minds are checking it out.

“All of Alpine is now eligible to take advantage of the grant. I fought to…have them be a part of the total area of eligibility.” 
—Alpine Fire Marshal, January 16, 2016 
Greater Alpine Fire Control District
Board of Directors Meeting Minutes




Deerhorn News — SEPTEMBER SHOPPER


Thursday, September 7, 2017

NEW BORDER BRUSHFIRE NEAR TECATE

TECATE BRUSHFIRE
AIR ATTACK IN PROGRESS
FORWARD PROGRESS STOPPED AT 20 ACRES
0% CONTAINMENT

 
Yes, that was a CalFire plane that just flew over Deerhorn about 15 minutes ago.  There is a fire in Tecate (USA) that is now about 20 acres.  CalFire has just reported that forward progress has been stopped.  0% containment.  20 acres.
 

Friday, September 1, 2017

"FORWARD RATE OF SPREAD STOPPED"

MAJOR BRUSH FIRE
DULZURA AREA: MARRON VLY RD & 94
1:50 PM UPDATE

"FORWARD RATE OF SPREAD STOPPED"
STILL AT 120 acres and 15% containment.

BELOW IS NOT an official map. I put it together with information from residents and CALFIRE. It shows generally where the fire is in relation to Deerhorn, 94, the Gun Club, and Little Tecate Peak.
For the first time I heard they were both "holding" and "releasing" some of the fire equipment. Always a good sign.
Winds are running about 13-15 mph generally from the NNE and East. Gusts to 25 mph. Afternoon heating can change things quickly, though.
One helo went down with loss of hydraulic power, but managed to land safely. And yes, those were a couple of CALFIRE planes that went over in the last hour. They refuel at Ramona Air Station, so their flight path is over us.
Stay safe everyone. Hydrate. Give thanks for our firefighters. If you have Twitter, be sure to give a "LIKE" or "THANKS." They just posted a video of dozer strike teams in action there. https://twitter.com/CALFIRESANDIEGO


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