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The Manton Fire Safe Council was awarded $5,000 by the Allstate Foundation for the Council's ongoing efforts to create fuel breaks and reduce fuel loads in the Battle Creek watershed. Sharon Paquin-Gilmore, Sue Young and Marion Rocksvold (l to r) represent the Manton Fire Safe Council at the award ceremony - September 6, 2012.

Tehama-Glenn Cal Fire Contact Information

Shasta-Trinity Cal Fire Contact Information

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2017 Tehama East and Tehama West Community Wildfire Protection Plan Update
    Resource Conservation District of Tehama County: Selected Fuel Treatment Projects with Partners
SRA Fire Prevention Fee Frequently Asked Questions
Chipper Program Offered in Manton
WUI & Watershed Protection/Emergency Access Assessment - Coleman Fish Hatchery Road and Ponderosa Way
TCRCD Final Report, including background, public outreach, fuels and roadway assessments, GIS methodologies, photographic galleries, field notes, and recommended future projects together with funding strategies.
Manton Community Fuel Break Projects Map
Shingletown/Manton Communities Fire Safe Plan Update 2010 23MB
June 15, 2010 - For further information, please contact the Western Shasta Regional Conservation District - (530) 365-7332
Tehama East Watershed Assessment
Potential Fire Behavior in the Lassen Foothills, East Tehama County, California
Mapping Departure from Historic Fire Return Intervals in the Lassen Foothills of Eastern Tehama County, California
Wildland Fire Evacuation Plan for Shingletown Ridge and Manton

Manton Fire Project Agreement Annual Report 2008-2010
June 15, 2010 - Annual Report; MFSC Expenditures of ARC/Manton Fire Funds; Request for Agreement Addition
American Red Cross/Battle Creek Watershed Conservancy On Behalf Of The Manton Fire Safe Council

2010 Strategic Fire Plan for California
March, 2010 - State of California Board of Forestry and Fire Protection

California Fire Safe Council funds new fuel break projects in the Manton community
March, 2010

Cal EMA's Strategic Plan for 2010-2015
"The 2010-2015 Strategic Plan outlines the vision, mission, values, goals and objectives critical to protecting lives and property in the Golden State."

Notes on Disaster Preparedness Workshop
Hosted by the California Fire Safe Council and sponsored by Farmers Insurance

About the Manton Fire Safe Council
Manton Fire Safe Council Meeting Notes
Manton Fire Hazard Map
The Manton Fire Safe Council Mapping Project
Firewise Communities: Where We Live. How We Live.
- An introduction to Firewise concepts for local communities

Presented by Karina Silvas, Firewise Communities Program Coordinator, at the BCWC 2008 Annual Meeting
Wildland Fire Use Risk Assessment In Lassen Volcanic National Park
Lassen National Park Fire Management Plan
Tips for Coping with Wildfires
Fire Retardant Products

Tehama East Community Wildfire Protection Plan
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Fire Hazard Abatement Ordinance for Tehama County
  Firebreak Requirements Overview
  Firebreak Requirements - Parcels Zoned Rural and Agricultural
  Firebreak Requirements - Lots Zoned Urban, 1.25 Acres or Less
  Firebreak Requirements - Lots Zoned Urban, 1.25 Acres to 2 Acres
Tehama County Emergency Guidelines
The Emergency Guidelines project started out at Lake California, a gated community in Tehama County, and progressed to encompass the whole county. CDF, Tehama County Fire, OES, Tehama County Sheriff, Fire Safe Council and California Highway Patrol all worked together to finalize the project. The whole county document was originated by CDF and TC Fire and finished by TC Sheriff Dept. via an OES grant. Special thanks to Greg Gutierrez CDF/TCFD. These are general emergency guidelines for all persons in Region III.

Shasta-Trinity Fire Plan
The Shasta – Trinity Unit Fire Management Plan documents the assessment of the wildland fire potential within the Unit. It includes stakeholder contributions, priorities, and identifies strategic targets for pre-fire solutions. This plan is a living document to be amended as new information is collected. The goal of this plan is to reduce total cost and losses from wildfire by protecting assets at risk through focused prefire management prescriptions and increasing initial attack success.

Fire Plan Documents:

  SHU 2008 Fire Plan (Complete)
  Cover and Table of Content
  Unit Overview
  Fire Danger Rating and Fuels
  Fire History
  Historical Fuel Modification
  Ignition Workload Assessment
  Level of Service
  Communities at Risk
  Fire Condition Summary
  Fire Plan Recommendations
  Appendix 1 & 2

MFSC and American Red Cross Reach An Agreement

As most of us remember, the 2005 Manton Fire was widely publicized & the American Red Cross received substantial contributions earmarked for the Manton recovery effort. Approximately $13,000 was spent in immediate assistance by the Red Cross; an additional $40,000 was raised and spent by local community volunteers (under the management of the Manton Community Church). In addition to the funds raised and spent, there were large and important contributions of time and materials by both local community members and people from near and far. All these efforts were of immense value to the community. After the completion of their local disaster recovery efforts, the Red Cross was left with a balance of $39,327.

Since the disaster there have been several meetings between Red Cross representatives and the Manton Fire Safe Council, to discuss the most effective ways to use this fund of $39,327 to help the community. During this process the Fire Safe Council has gradually come to understand the constraints imposed upon the use of this money by the bylaws of the American Red Cross.

The latest meetings in this series were held in spring 2008; there was further clarification of the sorts of activities which would be compatible with the American Red Cross mission, as well as beneficial for the community. There was also a clear understanding that the activities to be undertaken with the American Red Cross fund should be planned for completion within a period of three years. A proposal was developed that both organizations accepted; some of the projects to be funded include:
Training and supplies for disaster recovery (includes a 20-foot shipping container to hold shelter supplies, located at Manton School, and an emergency generator for the school)
Education & workshops for fire prevention
Community chipper program with PG&E (funds will pay for publicity & education about chipping process; PG&E is providing chipper & crew for free)
This is just a brief outline of the projects the MFSC will be implementing with Red Cross funds. For more information, please review the complete proposal.

The Northern California Geographic Area Coordination Center (ONCC) is the focal point for coordinating the mobilization of resources for wildland fire and other incidents throughout the Geographic Area. Located in Redding, CA, the Center also provides Intelligence and Predictive Services related-products designed to be use by the internal wildland fire community for purposes of wildland fire and incident management decision-making.
Northern California Long Term Assessment Prepared 08/03/2008
Northern California Fire Behavior Assessment Prepared 07/07/2008
ONCC Map of the June 2008 Lightning Siege Prepared 07/16/2008

MVFD Reflective Address Marker Order Form
The Manton Volunteer Fire Department highly recommends that all residents post a reflective address sign at the base of their driveways. Many people do not realize that these signs can be critically important for allowing emergency personnel familiar or unfamiliar with the area to locate residences under all possible conditions (e.g., night, rain, fog, heavy smoke etc...). Please take the time to look at this form, and if you don’t already have a reflective sign posted at your driveway, consider doing so now.

BLM offers property owners fuels reduction permits
Property owners who share boundaries with Bureau of Land Management (BLM)-administered public lands may now apply for permits to clear flammable vegetation from public lands adjacent to their private property. The BLM Redding Field Office will issue free "hazardous fuels reduction variance permits" valid for public lands in Butte, Shasta, Siskiyou, Tehama and Trinity counties.

Watershed Restoration And Enhancement Agreements Act
The Watershed Restoration and Enhancement Agreements Act (S.2003), introduced Nov. 14, 2005, by Sen. Ron Wyden, D-Ore., was passed on December 7, 2006 by the Senate. The legislation would make permanent a law that allows the US Forest Service and the Bureau of Land Management to enter into cooperative agreements with states, tribes, local governments and private and nonprofit groups for watershed protection, restoration and enhancement projects. Wyden wrote the original legislation in 1997; projects under the “Wyden Amendment” (PL 104-208) are intended to benefit the “biotic resources” ­ fish, wildlife, plants and other resources ­ in watersheds on public lands. The projects involve activities that protect, restore and enhance habitat or that reduce risk from natural disasters such as fire where public safety is threatened. The authorization for the projects currently runs through the end of fiscal 2011. No action on this legislation has been taken by the House.

National Forest Foundation's Community Assistance Program to Support Local Forest Partnerships
The National Forest Foundation established the Community Assistance Program to promote the creation of locally based forest partnerships that seek to build ecological, social, and economic sustainability. The program will support newly forming nonprofit organizations in need of start-up capacity-building that intend to proactively and inclusively engage the local community in forest management and conservation issues on and around National Forests and Grasslands.

CAP provides startup grants in the range of $5,000 to $15,000 each, as well as basic tools and guidance, to enable newly forming grassroots community groups to resolve differences and play a more active role in the sustainable management of nearby national forests and surrounding communities. The program will support the organizational and technical assistance needs of newly forming multi-party groups that act as problem-solvers, bringing diverse members of the community together to address specific issues related to community-based forest stewardship, recreation, watershed restoration, and wildlife habitat through constructive dialogue and hands-on involvement.

CAP funds can be used for a wide range of tools, including technical assistance, training, consultants, community outreach, obtaining 501(c)(3) status, group facilitation, basic startup and operating costs, materials and equipment, program development, nonprofit management skill-building, and communications. Complete program guidelines and application materials are available at the NFF Web site. Deadline April 6, 2006

Who Can Apply:
Applications will be accepted from newly-forming community-based nonprofit organizations in need of capacity-building and startup organizational and technical assistance that wish to proactively engage in natural resource issues on and around National Forests and Grasslands. Applicants must have 501(c)(3) nonprofit status, or use a nonprofit fiscal sponsor organization with that designation until they have obtained it themselves. Established organizations, fire safe councils, federal agencies, state or local governmental entities are not eligible to apply.


About the Manton Fire Safe Council

The Manton Fire Safe Council is a group of Manton residents, representatives from resources agencies and other organizations, who are working towards creating a fire safe zone in the Manton area. By "fire safe" we do not mean "fire free," as we know that fire has always been a part of this area and will continue to be a natural phenomenon that we will have to deal with. Our focus will be on how to avoid or prevent fires caused by human error, and how to respond to fires when they do occur naturally or otherwise.

The Manton Fire Safe Council is sponsored by the Battle Creek Watershed Conservancy. The Council is fortunate to be working with the Tehama-Glenn Fire Safe Council and the Shasta Fire Safe Council and is supported and informed by their work. We are also fortunate to be working directly with representatives from California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (CDF), whose expertise will guide us as we decide what our priorities and projects should be. We would like to invite all interested people to contact us and share your ideas, and your time, if possible. Remember, the purpose of this council is to make our community a safer community. Our work on the Fire Safe Council will benefit all of us. So please get involved - we need your help.

Our primary goal is to educate ourselves and other members of the community, as well as people who visit the area, about the potential causes of fires and how to prevent them, as well as how to respond to them. To this end, we are working together on a variety of issues and projects related to creating a fire safe community and have formed subcommittees responsible for these issues and projects:

Manton Fire Safe Council Meeting Notes - May 9, 2013
Manton Fire Safe Council Meeting Notes - September 15, 2011
Manton Fire Safe Council Meeting Notes - August 11, 2011
Manton Fire Safe Council Meeting Notes - July 14, 2011
Manton Fire Safe Council Meeting Notes - June 16, 2011
Manton Fire Safe Council Meeting Notes - October 24, 2010
Manton Fire Safe Council Meeting Notes - August 19, 2010
Manton Fire Safe Council Meeting Notes - July 13, 2010
Manton Fire Safe Council Meeting Notes - March 18, 2010
Manton Fire Safe Council Meeting Notes - November 12, 2009
Manton Fire Safe Council Meeting Notes - October 10, 2009
Manton Fire Safe Council Meeting Notes - June 18, 2009
Manton Fire Safe Council Meeting Notes - August 14, 2008
Manton Fire Safe Council Meeting Notes - July 17, 2008
Manton Fire Safe Council Meeting Notes - June 12, 2008
Manton Fire Safe Council Meeting Notes - April 10, 2008
Manton Fire Safe Council Meeting Notes - March 13, 2008
Manton Fire Safe Council Special Meeting Notes - March 6, 2008
Manton Fire Safe Council Meeting Notes - June 26, 2007
Manton Fire Safe Council Meeting Notes - May 8, 2007
Manton Fire Safe Council Meeting Notes - April 10, 2007
Manton Fire Safe Council Meeting Notes - August 8, 2006
Fire Safe Resources:
Be Firewise™ Around Your Home - A brochure provided by
Cal Fire
California Fire Safe Council
Communities at Risk from Wildfire Map (3MB)
Communities Compatible with Nature - A brochure provided by
"Making your home compatible with nature can help save your home and, ultimately, your entire community during a wildfire."
Community Programs, Fire-Safe Councils, and Choices for Action
Defensible Space Checklist - Make your home fire safe
Fire Resistant Plant List - Find fire-resistant California natives
Fire Resistant Plants
Fire Retardant Plants for the Urban Fringe and Rural Areas
Fire Safe Council Brochure
Firewise - What you can do to protect your home
Firewise Landscaping Checklist & Firewise Construction Checklist -
A brochure provided by
Communities Compatible With Nature - A brochure provided by
Homeowners' Check List - How to make your home fire safe
Homeowners' Guide to Fire Safe Landscaping - Brushland
Homeowners' Guide to Fire Safe Landscaping - Grassland
Homeowners' Guide to Fire Safe Landscaping - Timberland
Institute for Business and Home Safety
Leaders Guide for developing a Community Wildfire Protection Plan
Mega Fires: The case for Mitigation
  Wildfire Home Assessment
  Retrofit Guide
Preparing a Community Wildfire Protection Plan
A Handbook for Wildland–Urban Interface Communities
Saving Homes from Wildfires: Regulating the Home Ignition Zone
Shasta-Trinity 2005 Fire Plan (11MB)

Tehama County Fire Department

Tehama – Glenn Unit Fire Management Plan 2005 (4MB)
USDA's Forest Stewardship Program
Wildland Fire in Ecosystems - Fire and Nonnative Invasive Plants - September, 2008

NOTE: Members of our community asked the Manton Fire Safe Council to provide information about fire retardant products. The BCWC and the Manton Fire Safe Council cannot endorse any of the products advertised on the following links, nor can they attest to their effectiveness.
Intumescent Thermoplastic Elastomer Fire Shield Material
Thermo-Gel Home Defense Kit
Introduction to the FOAMSAFE™ FireMaster Series System from Consumer Fire Products
Barricade Fire Blocking Gel
Universal Fire Shield
Flame Stop Inc.
Firezat Inc. Fire Resistant Fire Shields
Battle Creek
Watershed Conservancy
P.O. Box 606, Manton, CA 96059


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