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Sometimes it feels like there's no way to stop a wildfire. Shaded fuel breaks can help!

Shaded Fuel Break Planned for Mariposa County

MARIPOSA COUNTY – The Yosemite/Sequoia Resource Conservation and Development Council (Y/S RC&DC) is thrilled to unveil the latest initiative in our ongoing commitment to wildfire prevention and community safety: the Mariposa Strategic Wildfire Mitigation Project. Spanning an area of approximately 70 acres or 1.5 miles along Boyer and Homestead Road.

This project involves the a comprehensive approach to wildfire mitigation, aiming to significantly enhance the protection of our communities against the threat of wildfires.

This is a map of where the shaded fuel break will be located.

This is a map of where the shaded fuel break will be located.

Central to the project is the establishment of a 300-foot shaded fuel break on either side of Boyer and Homestead Road. This strategy will involve the careful thinning and management of vegetation and fuels. This is designed to dramatically reduce the potential intensity of wildfires and prevent the spread of fires across the landscape.

Safeguarding Our Communities

The Mariposa Strategic Wildfire Mitigation Project is not just a local initiative; it’s a critical component of a broader effort to enhance wildfire resilience throughout the Sierra Region.

By protecting the areas surrounding Boyer and Homestead Road, we are also bolstering the wider network of fire treatment strategies across the region.

This project will safeguard our communities, including residents, businesses, and schools. It also will protect vital infrastructure, particularly those in the high-risk zones. This includes Mariposa and Eastern Madera County, and the Southern reaches of Yosemite National Park. 

The California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection’s (CAL FIRE) Wildfire Prevention Grants Program is funding this project. This is a key component of the California Climate Investments Program. The project, proposed by the Y/S RC&DC, will strategically implement fuel breaks. Also, defensible landscape projects in the Yosemite-Mariposa Watershed, addressing fuel loading and providing defensible lines in the event of a fast-moving wildfire. These treatments will effectively achieve public safety and fuel reduction goals.

Oak Fire Destruction
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Past Fires

The significance of the Homestead/Boyer treatment area, fortunately spared by the recent Ferguson and Oak Fires, cannot be overstated. Had either fire breached the ridge of Boyer/ Homestead, both could have rapidly spread into additional communities. This would have led to significant property loss and potential loss of life.

Managing the Biomass

We will treat Homestead/Boyer areas according to the specific types of fuel and conditions. This includes slope and elevation and takes the landowner’s needs into account. These treatments may include tree felling, mechanical or hand crew thinning, chipping, and pile burning. The aim is to ensure public safety and reduce fuel, with the management of woody biomass being a key consideration. Using biomass for regional bioenergy facilities or leaving it in place for carbon sequestration can be done.

Shaded fuel break before and after. Photo courtesy of the Cal Fire Mendocino Unit.

Saving Precious Time

A 300 ft. shaded fuel break on Homestead Road will connect and extend the existing Boyer Road and Lush Meadows fuel breaks. The expansion/connection of the fuel breaks will create safer ingress and egress, saving precious time in gaining access to a fire’s perimeter. This will be especially helpful for fire suppression responders.


Image of the Yosemite Sequoia RC & D Council logo.About Yosemite/Sequoia Resource Conservation & Development Council: Y/S RC&DC serves the foothill and forest rural communities of Mariposa, Madera, Fresno, Tulare, and Northern Kern counties. We aim to conserve natural resources and promote resource-based economic development that improves communities for current and future generations by working collaboratively with Council partners to advance projects to benefit the Southern Sierra Nevada Region.


About Mariposa County Fire Safe Council: MCFSC was created in January 1998 as a grassroots community effort to inform Mariposa County residents about the dangers of wildfire in the wildland- urban interface and teach people how to maintain defensible space around their homes. The MFSC is a 501c3, non-profit, non-governmental, non-regulatory community partnership of Mariposa County residents, land/property owners, businesses, organizations, and agencies working together to reduce the vulnerability to the threat of wildland fire.

Read the press release on their website today!


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