Calaveras County Evacuation and Access Needs Assessment and Preparedness Plan
To accomplish this goal, this plan will combine Geographic Information Systems (GIS) mapping with community-provided anecdotal data to identify the following:
No matter where you live in California, you are at risk of wildfires. Currently, Californians can assess their risk using mapping maintained by Cal Fire's Office of the State Fire Marshal. The map below will help you to identify the threat level of your community.
In addition to wildfires, winter storms cause flooding and mudslides. In 2017, a large storm resulted in an extended road closure of a section of Highway 26 for over 30 days. Significant winter storms also occurred in 2019, 2021, and 2022 although no major highway closures occurred.
Understanding where wildfires have occurred in previous years is important for several reasons. When burn areas coincide with steep terrain, the risk of landslides increases. Overlaying burn areas on the terrain slopes map with important roadways helps us to identify areas where slope work will be needed to prevent landslides from blocking key roadways.
In the last 10 years, there have been 37 wildfire events.