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File #: 21-339    Version: 1 Name:
Type: Memo Status: Passed
File created: 5/4/2021 Departments: BOARD OF SUPERVISORS DISTRICT 3
On agenda: 5/4/2021 Final action: 5/4/2021
Title: Direct the President of the Board to revise a previous request to the California Board of Forestry and Fire Protection to enter into emergency rulemaking to provide temporary relief from Special County Rules regarding weekend timber operations and hauling of forest products within the CZU Lightning Complex fire area.
Sponsors: Don Horsley
Special Notice / Hearing: None__
Vote Required: Majority

To: Honorable Board of Supervisors
From: Supervisor Don Horsley, District 3
Subject: Extension of CZU Lightning Complex Fire Remediation Efforts on Timberland


RECOMMENDATION:
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Direct the President of the Board to revise a previous request to the California Board of Forestry and Fire Protection to enter into emergency rulemaking to provide temporary relief from Special County Rules regarding weekend timber operations and hauling of forest products within the CZU Lightning Complex fire area.
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BACKGROUND:
During its April 20, 2021 meeting, the Board unanimously approved a request from Supervisor Horsley to direct the President to write a letter to the Board of Forestry ("BOF") seeking emergency rulemaking that would support ongoing clean-up and recovery efforts in the footprint of the CZU Lighting Complex fire by allowing weekend work.
CAL FIRE and County Public Works have endorsed a request by timber operators for the County to seek a temporary suspension of the prohibition on weekend operations in the fire footprint until the removal of fire-killed and damaged trees was completed. In an effort to limit the suspension of the Special County Rules prohibiting weekend work, the Board letter established a firm November 15, 2021 end date.
However, since the Board approval of this item, BOF staff expressed concern with the November 15, 2021 end date. BOF staff identified that, based on rulemaking procedures, the request for implementation of such a prescriptive regulatory end date may result in unintended issues with future modification of the regulations or accommodation of any extension for wildfire relief purposes, should such future activity be desired by the County for timber operators to reach completion and thereby reduce fire and debris flow risks.
In order to provide the County with as much flexibility as possible while also maintaining a functional regulatory scheme, BO...

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