The Carr Fire Destroyed nearly 1100 homes in Shasta County, with 270 of them in the City of Redding.Thousands of acres of forest land was damaged making our area susceptible to further damage from winter rains.This page includes a working response plan as well as tools for you to protect your property and public waterways from the erosion that will most likely occur.In addition, information is provided here to update you on what the City and County are doing to ensure roads remain open through the winter.
Carr Fire Watershed Management
Two teams performed a combined analysis of the burn area watersheds, identified areas of risk, and recommended mitigation measures.One of the teams had a more local government/private property focus (WERT) while the other one focused on federal lands (BAER Team).
City and County staff have reviewed the reports, field crews reviewed all areas of risk, and related mitigation measures are being implemented.
Private Property Debris Flows and Erosion Control
For the most part, the high risk areas for debris flows are in watersheds feeding Whiskeytown Lake.These areas have more erosive soils, more severe terrain, and much higher typical rainfall intensity (for example: rainfall in West Redding averages about 39 inches per year, Whiskeytown is 63+ inches and can reach 85 inches per year in higher elevations).
This map is referenced by both the WERT and BAER as providing some information on debris flow expectations: USFS Carr Fire Debris Flow Map
Note, again, that City and County have responded to areas at risk and have or will be implementing the measures to mitigate public and private property concerns.
State Regional Water Board Program
The State of California – Regional Water Quality Control Board is implementing a near $10 million dollar program to better manage erosion on public and private property in Sacramento River water sheds upstream of the Route 44 Bridge to Keswick Dam. More information will be available soon.
Residential Erosion Control Materials
The City and County with support from The McConnell Foundation and additional agencies provided erosion control materials at no cost to home owners.
If you weren't able to make the in-person installation demo, there is a web version prepared by Sonoma County that is applicable in Redding and Shasta County. View it be clicking the following link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CBrirpHiWF8&feature=youtu.be
Shasta College Post Fire Vegetation and Landscape Workshop – copies of the presentations are available at: http://ceshasta.ucanr.edu/
Click Here for information on the Carr Fire Recovery Project - Erosion control work done free of charge on private property by Western Shasta Conservation District
City/County/Cal OES Debris Removal Program
All residential homes in the City and County should have the ash and debris from their burned homes removed by approximately December 1st.The program includes final soil testing for toxins and other contaminants AND final erosion control measures (hydro seed, wattles adjacent to the street, etc.).
City Projects & Efforts toward Erosion Control
The City is in the final stages of design on a $600,000 project to provide erosion control along the river trail and culvert protection at all fire area culverts that may be impacted by burned areas. City staff are protecting inlets in the streets, cleaning high priority channels, like Carter Creek, and will be actively monitoring all areas of concern before, during , and after storm events.
Increased Risk of Flooding
A multi-agency analysis of the fire damage found that properties located within fire burn areas may be at risk for flash floods, mudflows and debris flows.
To familiarize yourself with the potential hazards associated with the burned areas please view the Post-Fire Hazard Assessment Map .
Residents who live in areas identified as at risk of flash flooding, debris and mud flows will receive information in the mail.
Roadside signs have been installed in areas that have been identified as high risk.
The National Weather Service expects debris flows to become more likely during periods of intense rainfall. Be prepared by:
Identifying vulnerable areas on your property.
- Using erosion control techniques, such as installing wattles and rock bags, and clearing fire-related debris from creeks and drainages to reduce flooding.
- Have an evacuation and emergency plan ready.
- Keep your cell phone turned on at all times to receive emergency alerts.
National Weather Service Warning System:
The National Weather Service issues weather advisories and watches when the weather forecast indicates there is a potential for hazardous conditions. Watches and advisories are shared online at https://www.weather.gov/alerts, and on the National Weather Service social media Facebook and Twitter feeds.
Warnings: The National Weather Service will issue a Warning if hazardous conditions are imminent or occurring within the burn areas.
The National Weather Service sends Warnings over the Wireless Emergency Alerts system.
Sign up for Community Notifications Emergency Alerts
Sign up for community notification alerts by visiting ShasCom-911. Alerts will resend any Warnings issued by the National Weather Service and will issue evacuation warnings.
Erosion Control and Flood Prevention for Property Owners
Erosion control and soil stabilization practices are needed and should be used in areas where soil is exposed and natural vegetation is inadequate.
Preparing for Winter After the Fire: What Property Owners Can Do
You can help by taking simple steps by placing straw wattles, hay bales, and mulch around burned areas to reduce the chances of ashes and other material from washing into streams.
- Remember that everything that is outside drains to creeks and streams. Don’t use leaf blowers or hoses to remove ash and debris.
- Get help from professionals who are certified, registered and/or licensed before selecting and installing large, permanent or semi-permanent treatment measures.
- Wear protective gear whenever you work in burned areas.
- IF YOUR PROPERTY IS IN A RURAL AREA OR ON A HILLSIDE watch for unusual movement of water, land, and debris during or after rain. Have an emergency plan and leave your property if it becomes unsafe during or after a storm.
- Minimize soil and slope disturbances. Ash, leaf drop, downed trees and remnant burned vegetation all play a role in protecting the soil and slopes following wildfire.
- Work with your neighbors. Runoff, erosion & debris flows have no boundaries.
- Private roads require more maintenance in the first few winters following wildfire. Clear debris upstream of culverts as possible, and check culverts for clogging after every storm. If culverts or other road drainage structures do not appear to be functioning properly, consult a professional.
- Emergency public hotline - Flood, sanitation, streams maintenance
- Storm Drain Maintenance: (530) 224-6068
- Report any storm drain or stream related issues, such as debris or stream channel changes, to prevent localized flooding.
- Sewage Emergency Hotline: (530) 224-6068
- The Sewage Emergency Hotline is operated on a 24-hour basis for the City of Redding. Call this hotline to report any sewage spills, overflows or backed-up sewer lines.
Provided here are links to some great documents the USDA - Natural Resource Conservation Service has prepared for helping to prepare for wet weather after a fire:
City of Redding Emergency Public Hotline
Flood, sanitation, streams maintenance, Storm Drain Maintenance: (530) 224-6068.
Shasta County Emergency Roadway Public Hotline
The public can report roadway flooding, downed trees and debris on county roadways, along with other roadway issues 24-hours a day to the Public Works Road Operations Division at www.co.shasta.ca.us/index/pw_index.aspx or (530) 225-5661.