Fire Inspection Reports

Many of you have received or soon will receive your cabin lot Fire Hazard Inspection report. The inspections are performed by the Forest Service Fire Prevention personnel. This year they have been checking off the lines related to dead or dying trees (K and L), and asking for the removal of dead oak and/or pine trees.

This was brought to the attention of Jason Kraling, Battalion Fire Chief, at the Fire Safe Council meeting and to Lindsey Steinwachs, the District Recreation Officer. Apparently “hazard tree removal” involves many different people in the Forest Service, including Fire Prevention, Special Use, and others. Jason indicated that the Forest Service is working on providing clarification on the removal of hazard trees on cabin lots. Because of the large number of dead and dying trees in the forest, a new set of guidelines will probably be issued. The fire hazard inspection reports are the first step in addressing this issue.

We will let you know as soon as we have additional information. If you have been cited for dead or dying trees, you may want to wait until we know more. However, if you have a tree that you consider to be a present hazard to your cabin, you can call the Prevention Office (619) 445-1725 or contact Becky Brand, Special Use Officer (858) 674-2977 or

You can find additional information about fire and maintenance issues on the Create Defensible Space page.

The next Fire Safe Council meeting is July 16th, where this issue will no doubt be discussed again. Please come to the meeting to get information first hand.


MLIA Board Meeting

  • August 6, 2016 – 9:00 am – 11:00 am.
  • This meeting will be held at CABIN #554 in the El Centro Tract.

All Board meetings are open and

all cabin owners are welcome to attend the meeting.



The Mount Laguna Fire Safe Council has set up a dumpster on the old Air Force base.

It is located just off Sunrise Highway just Northwest of the Boiling Springs tract.

The gate across the road is locked with two locks together in a “daisy chain.” The combination for the FSC lock has been emailed separately to Fire Safe Council members. Be sure to close the gate and secure the locks in the same “daisy chain” order that you found them when you leave.

Drive up the road 1/3 mile to the dumpster and brush pile after you enter the gate.

Please remember and follow the dumpster “etiquette” guidelines:

  • Only leaves, pine needles, and pinecones may be put in the dumpster.

  • DO NOT put plastic bags full of debris into the dumpster.

  • All bags must be emptied into the dumpster.

  • Take the empty plastic bags away.

    Please do not leave them at the dumpster site!

  • Place leaves, needles and cones at the rear of the dumpster.

A brush pile is adjacent to the dumpster. Branches up to 6″ in diameter can be disposed of in the brush pile. Please put your branches as far back into the pile as possible.

For more information about the defensible space requirements

or safe equipment use, check out the Fire Safe Council web page at:

If you have any questions or issues, please contact Joe Cochran, MLFSC President, at

619-540-4616 or