The mission of the Mosquito Fire Safe Council is to protect the people of the Mosquito Fire Protection District and their property from the effects of catastrophic wildfire through education, cooperation, innovation and action.
Are you passionate about what we're doing? Let us know! We are always looking for volunteers to help us make our vision a reality. We'll help you find a way to volunteer that best suits you. We're excited to have you join the team!
Whether you help through monetary donations, volunteering your time, or spreading our mission through word-of-mouth, thank you. We couldn't accomplish our goals without the help of supporters like you.
An article has been written by the newspapers, Arizona Republic. Contributing to it is USA Today. The article deals with fire preparedness before the fire. It reports on 11 western states, 5,000 communities and their risk. Primarily the article reviews the Paradise Fire and uses that catastrophe for comparisons for other vulnerable communities. It is available for viewing by clicking HERE.
Additionally - State Insurance Commissioner, Ricardo Lara, met with El Dorado County Supervisors and discussed steps the State is looking into regarding the drastic number of home owner's insurance cancellations and non-renewals. The link will take you to the county's website and write up. Please note there is an 800# phone call to contact the insurance commissioner's office if you have been cancelled or non-renewed,
Click HERE for the county's article.
The county vegetation management ordinance, 5101, is effective May 30, 2019. A copy of the ordinance can be found below. However, the county has created an informative set of webpages with a FAQ section as well. To view those webpages click HERE.
obtain a burn permit. Good news is that you can save time and do it all online. Complete their application, submit, and then print out your burn permit all within minutes.
Click HERE to get yours.
They do require you view a short (3 minute) video before you can beginning filling out their online form.
Click the 'Find Out More' button directly above. Graphics, links, and information thanks to CalFire and the California Wildland Fire Coordinating Group (CWGG)
Fire Safety Grant / CWPP related downloads.
Downloads require Adobe Reader, for a free copy click HERE.
Need assistance with creating a defensible space at your primary residence in El Dorado County's west slope area? This service is only available to veterans (including surviving spouses) regardless of age and/or seniors age 60 or older, who are financially unable to afford vegetation removal on your property and physically unable to do the work.
Find out more about this free service by clicking HERE.
IMPORTANT NOTE: AS OF MAY 19, 2019 THIS PROGRAM HAS BEEN SUSPENDED DUE TO LIMITED FUNDING AND NO NEW APPLICATIONS ARE BEING ACCEPTED. USE THE ABOVE LINK TO KEEP INFORMED.
Directly below are three downloadable forms. Each form has been set up for a particular purpose. Please ensure you provide your name, address, phone number, and email address when using the form(s). Forms can be downloaded and filled out using any compatible PDF program. They may also be downloaded, printed, the filled out by hand but then they have to be scanned back to your computer to be able to email. Adobe Reader is a free PDF program. It can be downloaded for free by clicking HERE.
The first form is for those that can volunteer their time, and if possible any equipment or tools, to help prepare properties for fire safety. Can you operate a chain saw, feed a chipper, remove or cut back a branch, trim a shrub, weed whack, mow?. Whatever you are good at will be a huge assistance to make the fire safety plan come together. Help others and others will help you.
The second form is for those that wish to participate but aren't 100% sure as to the who, what, when, and where that may be expected. If you are interested in creating a defensible space and improving your household please use that contact box to begin your process of getting involved. As more folks begin to sign up more information will be provided to you.
The third form is to keep track of your time and materials. This form should be used by everyone, whether you are volunteering to help others, or can only work on your own property. Things such as your time, materials expense, hiring others, renting equipment and the like can all be applied to the 'in-kind' portion of the grant.
More information will become available as this program is just beginning. Evaluations will only begin after the State mandated training which will be in late March. However - don't wait to download and complete forms. Also - if you do work on your property please begin using the 'Tracking Log' form immediately.
The file below is a fillable PDF form you can download and fill and then email. Use this form if you wish to help on a team. Maybe you can help weed whack, or trim shrubs or trees. Possibly split wood, or use your chainsaw to help remove a tree. Whatever you can help with on a team of workers is needed and greatly appreciated. Your volunteering of your time and use of equipment all helps fulfill the 'in-kind' portion of the CWPP grant. Help folks on their property and folks will help you on yours.
Use this file to request an evaluation of your property to see if improvements are needed to make it more fire safe. You can download the file and fill it out using a PDF compatible program, or download it, print it out and fill in by hand. Then email it to the address at the bottom of the form.
Whether you join a work team to help others, or if you only have time for your own property you need this form. The purpose of this form is to keep track of your time, equipment used, fuel expenditures, and to briefly describe the work done. For example: Weed whacked 1/4 acre at 6770 Sluice St, 2hours. Used 1/2 gallon of fuel mix costing $1.75. The time reported, and the fuel cost in this example are then computed to submitted to the grantor as an 'in-kind' expenditure. The top section lists the type of work, location, time spent; the lower section is for listing equipment, fuel, any associated costs. The form can be used for multiple locations if needed. An email address is located at the bottom of the form. As with the other forms this one is also fillable in any compatible PDF program, or can be filled out by hand.
As a Swansboro resident SCPOA and the Mosquito Fire Safe Council are offering you a 'no cost to you' chipping program. The request form can be downloaded by clicking the file link below. Please read the entire form, which can be filled out online, and submit it to the email address located at the bottom of the form. Important note: Chipping will be done by SCPOA's maintenance workers. They will have final determination as to what they will or will not chip. They will also chip back onto your property so ensure a clear area is available. As a reminder your time spent to prepare a defensible space, as well as the SCPOA maintenance team's time, is an 'in kind' participation and counts towards the grant received from the US Forest Service. Please download your tracking sheet by clicking HERE. Additional program information can be found HERE.
PLEASE NOTE: SCPOA's maintenance team needs you to know that they will resume chipping most likely in August. You should still send in the Wood Chip Request form now to secure your request. You will be notified when the program starts again later in the year.
National Wildfire Coordinating Group (Inciweb)
US Forest Service (Eldorado Nat'l Forest)