Why is this important?
All of Tuolumne County is at risk from wildfire. The seasonal cycle
of very wet winters and hot dry summers creates an environment that
is conducive to large damaging wildfires in the summer and fall months.
Prior to Euro-American settlement, wildland fires recurred at 12-26
year intervals at higher elevations and 8-15 year intervals at lower
elevations. Introduction of livestock, grazing, logging, and organized
fire suppression forces altered these natural fire return intervals.
The result has been a shift from frequent low intensity wildfires
to higher intensity fires burning in more dense forests. In most
cases, resources from outside the local area are called in to help
with suppression efforts. A growing population can increase the threat
What is the measure?
We noted the trends of personnel and resources.
How are we doing?
Despite the increasing number of wildfires statewide, fire suppression
resources remain the same in Tuolumne County. As of January 1, 2008,
new building standards were developed for California in the Wildland
Urban Interface. A collaborative effort between the California Department
of Forestry and Fire Protection (Cal Fire), the Office of the State
Fire Marshall, local fire districts, building associations, and other
public safety organizations identified better construction methods
and materials to make buildings more resistant to ignition.
Further, defensible space is now required by eliminating flammable
vegetation in the ignition zone (minimum 30 feet) and reducing vegetation
in the outer zones (minimum 70 feet), to create a 100 foot clearance