USACE to allow USFS land use below Isabella Auxiliary Dam for wildfire readiness

U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Sacramento District
Published June 28, 2024
Photo of land downstream of the Isabella Auxiliary Dam

Area downstream of the Isabella Auxiliary Dam at Lake Isabella, California. (USFS Photo by Amy Masi)

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Sacramento District has issued a special use permit to the U.S. Forest Service allowing use of land below Isabella Auxiliary Dam to help speed USFS wildfire response time in the area.

The land specified in the permit is immediately downstream of the Auxiliary Dam will be made available starting this week. The central location close to Highways 155 and 178 will help in case of mobilization, movement of fire personnel, equipment, and supplies.

The permit will be reevaluated annually. “Our partnership with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers continues to be successful through past and current agreements such as this land use. Fire response continues to remain prevalent in the Kern River Valley and this permit will help us accomplish quicker local response times in serving our community,” said Al Watson, USFS District Ranger.

With extreme wildfire potential in the region, activities that produce sparks should be avoided or done with extreme caution and with fire response preparation. Call 911 immediately if you see a fire, even if it's a small one.

Ken Wright

Release no. 24-013