American River Watershed Institute
Fire Safety Project | Problem: Fire in California

Local Fire Concerns

Placer County residents must understand the threat of wildfire to our foothill and mountain communities. This region has a history of forest fires, but for decades we have put fires out as quickly as possible, which has allowed brush and small trees to thrive — and build up enormous amounts of dense vegetation.

The Placer County Multi-Hazard Mitigation Plan (2005) states that "ongoing vegetation management is THE most important factor in reducing the wildfire hazard in Placer County."

The plan continues, "Vegetation management projects will result in ongoing fuels/vegetation reduction and management on public and private lands; implementation and enforcement of defensible space requirements on private land for both existing properties and new development; and development of criteria for on-going maintenance of the fuels management and defensible space program."

Fuel hazards are high to very high from the southernmost part through the eastern part of Placer County.
Map of fire fuel hazard, Placer County
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Communities at risk in Placer County (located near federal lands):

  • Alta
  • Auburn
  • Baxter
  • Big Bend
  • Bowman
  • Cape Horn
  • Colfax
  • Dollar Point
  • Donner
  • Dutch Flat
  • Emigrant Gap
  • Foresthill
  • Gold Run
  • Heather Glen-Applegate
  • Iowa Hill
  • Kings Beach
  • Newcastle
  • North Auburn
  • Squaw Valley
  • Sunnyside-Tahoe City
  • Tahoe Vista
  • Twin Pines-Weimar

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