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The County of San Luis Obispo is divided into 5 battalions. Each battalion is administered by a Battalion Chief. Each Battalion Chief was asked to identify assets that would be at risk during a large scale Incident due to the following factors:

• Fuel loading Emergency Response
• Topography • Access
• Weather • Signage
Structural Ignitability Water Supply

The identified assets were then grouped geographically into target areas. These target areas were then prioritized. The final product is a detailed map and list of areas that will be used to focus fire prevention activities and fuel treatments.

Battalion 1   Battalion 2     Battalion 3    Battalion 4   Battalion 5  Battalion 6


In each Battalion Pre-Attack Mapping projects combine with the California Fire Hazard Severity Zoning (FHSZ), Community and Cooperators input, all were used to prioritize the treatments below. If the project, listed below is in progress  or planning phase, that indicates that no work has started on the ground. Before any work can be started, we must insure that the environmental documentation has been completed and approved.

Fuel Treatment Methods

Through experience CAL FIRE has determined that three treatment methods stand out as being the most effective, environmentally friendly.

Chipping - Areas in each Battalion are identified that have high vulnerability to catastrophic wildland fire loss. Home owners are united and educated through the establishment of a Fire Safe Council Focus Group. Home owners volunteer labor time to clear flammable brush and ladder fuels beyond the 100' the PRC 4291 requirement. Both the San Luis Obispo Community Fire Safe Council , our local Air Pollution Control District and the California Conservation Corp. collaborate to reduce risk and make a difference. 
Prescribed Burning - Areas in each Battalion are identified that would have the most benefit of using controlled fires to create anchor points and a natural barrier of a larger event.
Shaded and Non-Shaded Fuel Breaks - We are using natural barriers and topography to determine areas in the County that can serve as a primary or secondary fire control line. These line use roads, rivers and topography to compartmentize the target areas of each Battalion. CAL FIRE uses both mechanical and goat scaping to accomplish these fuel breaks. Fuel break in Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area, Ventura County, California

Fire Planning Success Stories

By placing the emphasis on what needs to be done long before a fire starts, the California Fire Plan looks to reduce fire fighting costs and property losses, increase firefighter safety, and contribute to ecosystem health. Known as "pre-fire" management such actions as prescribed fires, fuel breaks, defensible space around homes, forest management, and fire safe landscaping are proven methods of reducing wildfire destruction. It is important for Californians living in the State's wildland areas to understand the need for pre-fire activities. During each of the fires listed here, pre-fire actions played roles in reducing the destruction and government cost, and increasing safety for firefighters. 

SLU Calf Fire Success Story  SLU Cave Landing Fire Success Story 
SLU Mobile Data Computer Success Story  SLU Monarch Grove Success Story 
SLU Oak Shores Success Story  SLU Toro Creek Fire Success Story 

Vegetation Management Program

Intended to reduce highly flammable brush and other wildland fuels in an area prone to wildfires. Prescribed burns are conducted to reduce the risk of large damaging wildfires and maintain healthy forest lands.  These projects are in cooperation with the San Luis Obispo County Range Improvement Association and should improve forage conditions for livestock and wildlife.




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