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Bass Lake

CWPP PRIORITY #10 Community: Bass Lake

Location: Sections 8, 9, 14, 15, 16, R22E, T7S
Population: 775 dwelling units plus numerous outbuildings; commercial and light industrial buildings; governmental facilities; churches, schools and camps and other recreational facilities

Specific Problems

  1. A large amount of timber fuels interspersed with heavy volumes of brush within and surrounding the community
  2. Narrow, winding roads within the community
  3. Older homes and cabins in close proximity to one another, some with wood shake roofs and combustible exterior construction
  4. A large percentage of retired and absentee homeowners
  5. A large number of summertime visitors, campers and recreationalists

Evacuation Routes

  1. Northwest on Road 274 (Malum Ridge Road) or Road 432 (North Shore Road) to Road 222, then northwest on Road 222 to Highway 41
  2. Southeast on Road 274 (Malum Ridge Road) toward North Fork

Past Actions

  1. Intermittent compliance inspections for PRC 4291 regulations by fire Officials

Priority Mitigation Needs

  1. Citizen involvement to reduce fuels on their property and to utilize fire-wise construction techniques to improve structure survivability
  2. Identify and construct safety zones that can be used as temporary shelter-in-place areas for residents as well as fire personnel
  3. A 300’ wide shaded fuel-break on the south side of Road 274 (Malum Ridge Road) from the intersection of Road 274 and Road 222 to Central Camp Road
  4. Fuel reduction on Sierra National Forest land adjacent to the community by the use of harvesting or thinning projects
  5. Implement a PRC 4291 compliance inspection program within the community

Education

Through homeowner association or town hall type meetings, develop and promote community specific programs designed to inform and involve the community on wildfire mitigation plans, escape routes, potential shelter-in-place locations, and activities that could reduce the risk to citizens, property and community assets.