Fountain Wind will enhance fire prevention and protection in Shasta County with 1,600 acres of new shaded fuel breaks, 38 miles of improved access roads in remote private timberlands, and $100,000 of committed funding to the Shasta County Fire Safe Council and the Western Shasta RCD for updating the county wide Community Wildfire Protection Plan.
The Fountain Wind Project site is located on private lands owned by Shasta Cascade Timberlands (SCT), an industry leader in sustainable forestry management practices. SCT utilizes industry best practices to reduce fire risk.
To learn about how SCT’s management activities contribute to regional forest protection and fire safety in partnership with other local landowners and government agencies, please click here to download a summary of their Asset Protection and Wildfire Safety Plan.
ConnectGen will create a Fountain Wind Fire Safety Plan in consultation with CAL FIRE and Shasta County to complement SCT’s Asset Protection and Wildfire Safety Plan. The Fountain Wind Fire Safety Plan will be implemented for the life of the project and will provide for emergency response, evacuation, fire agency notification, and enhanced fire prevention in the project area. As part of the plan, ConnectGen will establish increased fire breaks on site and will design a new extensive network of access roads to support improved fire prevention and protection. With the added access road and turbine site fire breaks, and a full time presence on site, ConnectGen and SCT will collaborate to enhance local fire safety and protection.
For an overview of the Fire Safety and Risk Reduction measures that Shasta County is requiring of the project, see section 3.16 of the draft EIR.