Grizzly Ranch Wildfire Hazard Assessment

In the Fall of 2014, Grizzly Ranch Homeowners Association hired Deer Creek Resources, LLC, a Chico, California-based land and wildfire management consultancy, to conduct a wildfire hazard survey of all the lots within Grizzly Ranch and to develop overall priorities for the wildfire hazard mitigation.
The 2014 Grizzly Ranch Wildfire Hazard Assessment report can be downloaded here:

The map below shows priority areas for wildfire hazard reduction thinning in the Grizzly Ranch Community.
To download a printable version of this map, click here.
To download a spreadsheet with hazard rankings and recommendations for each parcel, click here.

These recommendations are based upon the entire parcel. Many of the parcels shown below have had significant work done to thin trees and brush on some areas, but may have higher hazard areas elsewhere in the parcel. These rankings are based on overall fire hazard and vegetation density. This information is for prioritizing projects only and does not recommend specific vegetation management prescriptions, which should be developed on the ground by a qualified contractor or licensed forester.

Red and Orange areas require significant amounts of forest thinning and removal of surface and ladder fuels.
Yellow areas require some thinning or pruning, and ongoing maintenance to remove surface and ladder fuels.
Green areas are in the safest overall condition, but require ongoing maintenance of surface and ladder fuels (picking up sticks, removing small seedlings that are growing under the dripline of taller trees, and pruning lower branches on remaining trees).

NOTE: The entire community is exposed to the threat of wildfires. A GREEN rating on this map does not mean that the owner is off the hook for wildfire hazard mitigation, nor does it ensure that a wildfire will not incur losses on their property.



View Larger Map

The map below shows wildfire hazard photos taken for each lot in the Grizzly Ranch community.


View Larger Map

DISCLAIMER: (c) 2014 Deer Creek Resources, LLC
Wildfire behavior is the product of numerous factors, some of which are weather-dependent and difficult or impossible to quantify. The suggestions in this assessment are based upon field surveys, technical analysis, and the professional experience of the authors. Errors may exist in this analysis and could include inproper recording of field data due to GPS accuracy or surveyor error, computational errors, data entry mistakes and any other conceivable cause.

This data comprises a simplification of the physical environment intended to allow the authors to make general recommendations about reducing potential fire behavior at the community scale. While this data is useful in assessing relative risk bewteen the many micro-climates present in the Grizzly Ranch community, site-specific changes in fuel hazard and wildfire risk (such as annual mowing and weed clearance, the growth of flammable ornamental plants and native vegetation, and other changes in the physical environment) will quickly render this data inaccurate. Under extreme burning conditions, most of the Gold Mountain community has the potential to support rapid rates of wildfire spread. There are NO low-priority areas for fire hazard mitigation.

THIS DATA IS DESCRIBES VEGETATION AND WILDFIRE HAZARD CONDITIONS IN THE GRIZZLY RANCH COMMUNITY AT A SINGLE POINT OF TIME, FALL 2014. ANY FUTURE USE OF THIS DATA FOR OTHER PLANNING, CODE ENFORCEMENT, OR HAZARD MITIGATION WORK IS NOT RECOMMENDED WITHOUT FIRST CHECKING PHYSICAL CONDITIONS ON THE GROUND.