Natural Resources-Fire Safety
 
 
Issue and Action 
In response to owners concerns of increasing fire danger throughout 2018 and 2019 that occurred with two fires on the island last summer, HPMA owners asked the Board to take preventive action. The Board of Directors has established a fund dedicated to mitigating fire risk on HPMA common lands. 
The adopted fund will also address components of the HPMA comprehensive Natural Resources Stewardship Plan. Read this link for More About it!
 
How does this initiative address current budget gaps for fire hazard mitigation?
Traditionally HPMA budgets contain a budgeted item for "Hazard Tree Removal". However, this budgeted item per HPMA Policy 4.04 addresses only those trees which represent a fall danger to a target (home, other structure, driveway, parking area, roadway), and does not address fire danger.
 
INVOLVEMENT 
  Three existing committees are acting as a steering committee for developing and implementing the Natural Resources-Fire Safety (NRSF) plans. Click on  links below to read more about the charter and activities of each committee
 
 
Community Questions and Input 
  If you have suggestions, comments or questions click link below:
COMMUNITY RESPONSE 
Results from the 2020 community budget vote showed very strong support with a 79% approval for dedicated funding for the Natural Resources-Fire Safety (NRSF) assessment. The funding of this assessment is separate from the General Operating fund and the monies cannot be used for any other purpose. The assessment will remain in effect through the year 2024 with annual funding review adjustments. Read this link for More About the adopted Assessment Resolution. 
 
Archives and Reference Documents
Tri Committee Agendas:
 Tri Committee Meeting Minutes:
Budget   
2020 Funding
This funding plan addresses 4 components of HPMA forest lands fire risk and forest health improvement:
1. Dead tree removal and restoration as appropriate
2. Downed debris pick up
3. Removal of invasive species
4. Assistance of professional consultation 
 
Knowledge Center 
To read more about forest management, fire control and resource protection:
 
Dead Debris Sites
 
As you drive or walk along PDE and PDW, you will notice places where a yellow plastic ribbon has been tied to a huckleberry bush or tree branch.
The ribbon is there to mark an area of excess fire fuel debris.
 
Last fall, a Natural Resources/Fire Safety Budget was passed. The budget funds these four line items: removal of dead trees and restoration, professional guidance, removal of invasive species, and removal of dead debris which is fire fuel. The Fire Safety, Common Area Stewardship and Permit Review committees are working together on the implementation of the budgeted activities.
 
The yellow ribbons mark 31 places where there is an accumulation of dead woody debris. In some places, shrubs have died, branches have fallen from trees, or there has simply been an accumulation over time of sticks and twigs. The three committees will be submitting an implementation plan to the BOD shortly for the removal of this debris. The plan is to recruit volunteers who can work in small groups to remove dead debris from the target areas and pile the debris by the roadside for removal by a contracted service.
 
 
~PREPARE FOR FIRE SEASON~
NOW is the time to prepare your home and property for the hot, dry season (late July – September), with the goal of fire prevention/mitigation. Did you know there are tasks you can do without a permit to improve fire safety around your home and still meet the requirements of HPMA Rules?
 
FIRE SAFETY CHECKLIST:  Immediate Zone around House on Private Lot 
•    Roof/Gutters clear of dead leaves, debris, needles, etc.
•    Chimney recently cleaned
•    Spark Cap/Spark Arrestor in place
•    Loose or missing shingles or roof tiles replaced
•    Eave vents screened with 1/8” metal mesh screening
•    Exterior attic vents clear and screened as above                                          
•    Window screens in good shape (No holes-Prevent debris accumulation)   
•    Clothes dryer vents clean                                                                          
•    Nothing stored under decks or porches                                                       
•    No flammable material by wall exteriors (mulch, wood piles, leaves, etc.)  
•    Water hoses hooked up and ready for use                                                 
•    Clear vegetation from under/around stationary propane tanks 
•    Firefighter access 
 
IN COORDINATION WITH DEAD WOODY DEBRIS PROJECT:
HPMA has a Contractor scheduled to pick up fire fuel around August 17, 2020.  You can do the following and bring to the street for pickup at that time.
 
•    Dead vegetation removed –fire fuel.  On private lot no permit required. If on Common Area no permit required provided that the material is dead woody material.  Leaves and small items should remain on ground.  Logs greater than 4 inches in diameter should be left as nurse logs. 
                                                                 
•    Limbs trimmed 10’ from side or roof of structure-18’ from chimney.  On private lot no permit required. If on Common Area, must have a Non-Permit Work Notice from office. 
           
•    Limbs trimmed 12’ above driveway or gravel paths.  On private lot no permit required. If on Common Area, must have a Non-Permit Work Notice from office. 
2020 Planned Activities 
Dead Tree Removal and Restoration
63 trees located in the common area have been marked with yellow ribbons, and more will be marked as they are identified. All of the trees are completely dead. Not all of the trees will be removed. Some will be retained, some will be made into wildlife snags, some will be taken down, and some will be replaced with planted vegetation, either native shrubs or native trees. It's possible that this year's budget will not extend to addressing all of the trees, and some will be left for the next budget cycle. Click on the following link for a listing and location of identified dead trees.
 
 
Dead Debris Removal and Pick up
The preliminary plan is to train groups of volunteers on what to remove (and what not to remove) in the identified common areas. The identified areas are places where there is a pile or accumulation of dead dry sticks and branches that are less than 4 inch diameter. Think of the kind of material that makes for starting a campfire. 
The CASC, Fire Safety and PRC Committees have identified thirty (31) specific sites to target and the three committees working together will plan the means of removal. We will keep the community updated as plans are finalized.
 
 
See Link below for volunteer sign up for
 
Invasive Species Removal
Scotch Broom and Tansy ragwort, pictured above are two of the targeted species for monitoring . If you would like to volunteer for monitoring presences of these invasive species, click on this link. Volunteers