Fall 2017 – Winter 2018

Talbot Hayes of the U. S. Forest Service announced a fuels reduction program at the MLIA Annual Meeting. The program will be taking place over the next several months. The Forest Service district mailed a letter announcing this program to many cabin owners recently. For those who did not received the mailing, click these links: USFS Hazard Fuels Notice or Map Hazard Fuels Project.

A short description of the program and what it does is provided here based on Talbot Hayes’ comments at the Annual Meeting.

The project will begin in October and continue through the winter. The Forest Service will be felling dead trees within 30 to 300’ feet outside cabins in the project area. The Forest Service will cut down the trees and a private contractor will remove them. Dead wood will also be removed within a 100’ radius of the cabins. Nothing will be touched that could fall on the cabin or on telephone or electrical lines.

There will be a central area where a big chipper, most likely the old Air Force base, will be set up. Mulch from the chip pile will be available for cabin owners to take back to their cabins.

Wood that is within 100’ of your cabin can be collected now to use for firewood. That wood will be removed and not available to you after the project is finished.

Please use pink ribbon to mark where underground water and utility lines to your cabin might be. This will flag areas where heavy equipment shouldn’t go over.

For more information, please refer to the letter and map through the links above. The letter includes local Forest Service contact information if you have questions. 


The CPUC and the USFS/CNF have approved the SDG&E Power Line Replacement Project in the Descanso Ranger District. Phase 1 construction will occur along Sunrise Highway from I-8 to Morris Ranch Road.  Eventually the project will include replacement of 1400 existing HV power poles with metal poles. This will affect the USFS and campgrounds and cabins and homes and businesses. 
The project will start in December 2017 and last at least 14 months.
Click SDGE Sunrise Highway Notice to read the SDG&E Public Notice about this project published in some editions of the San Diego Union Tribune on November 21, 2017.

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