The Organizations History

membersIn 2003, two ALT residents, Bill & Claire Cave, set in motion a vision that would encourage the ALT community to take aggressive stand toward the reduction of fire fuels within our community to alleviate the potential of a catastrophic fire.

By June 2003, an "Auburn Lake Trails Fire Safe and Fuel Reduction Plan" was developed by two Registered Professional Foresters and approved by the California Department of Forestry. The plan included the necessity for a Perimeter Shaded Fuel Break along the rim of the American River Canyon to protect the ALT community.

In September 2003, at the encouragement of the El Dorado County Fire Safe Council, the Auburn Lake Trails Fire Safe Council was established.

In August 2005, the ALT-FSC formed a 501 c(3) Non-Profit Corporation titled the ALT – Fire Safety & Improvement Council (ALT-FSIC). The sole mission was to work with the ALT Board of Directors (BOD) and it's General Manager (GM) to provide research and applications services to seek and assist in administering grant funds to improve and safety and quality of life in ALT. Most grantors require the recipient be a Non-Profit Corporation.

The ALT Fire Safe and Fuel Reduction Plan, in September 2005, was influenced by the federal Healthy Forests Restoration Act (HFRA) thereby revising it as ALT's Community Wildfire Protection Plan (CWPP) which then included our Wildland Urban Interface (WUI) boundary.

ALT was designated as a "FireWise Community" on April 20, 2005. This honored classification is based on the amount of community action and commitment to reducing our fuel load to protect us from a catastrophic wildfire. In a very short time the ALT-FSIC became a driving force and forum for fire safe projects within ALT.

In December 2006, Bill & Claire Cave retired from the ALT-FSIC. William (Bill) Brandt was named Chair. Bill relinquished the Council's Chair when Ed Grout was selected as President in March of 2014. Jeff Tolson joined the ALT-FSIC Board later in 2014. Kevin McLarnon and Rui Cunha joined in 2016, completing the current slate of Board of Directors.

Our CWPP was last updated in 2013. On February 4, 2014, the El Dorado County Board of Supervisors accepted and signed this plan. ALT's CWPP is also signed by Cal-Fire and El Dorado County Fire Department officials. The next update is scheduled to occur in 2018.

Today we can proudly say we are a successful and viable Fire Safe Council celebrating our 11th year as FireWise Community.



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