Hunter Reservoir Fuel Reduction Project
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June 5, 2024

Today marks the first day of on-the-ground operations of the Hunter Reservoir Fuels Reduction Project.
Work began at the top of Candy Rock Road where it forks off from Hunter Dam Road. You can expect conditions to be dusty and noisy in the vicinity of this location for the time being.
Please drive slowly and with caution when passing through, and limit your walks in this area until the contractor has moved into another unit.
Check back later for more updates and project information.



In June 2022, the Utica Water and Power Authority (Utica) was awarded $1.2 million in 100% grant funding from Cal Fire’s California Climate Investments Wildfire Prevention Grants Program for the Hunter Reservoir Fuels Reduction Project, which will remove hazardous fuels in Avery surrounding Hunter Reservoir, the Lower Utica Canal, and Mill Creek.

The 207-acre project will protect critical infrastructure owned by Utica, including wooden flumes, and the Calaveras County Water District (CCWD) water treatment plant. The two agencies provide water service to a combined 19,000 people and fire flows to more than 1,100 fire hydrants along the Highway 4 Corridor between Angels Camp and Dorrington. The project also provides fire protection to Avery Middle School and 400 structures, including numerous private residences in the area.

The project is part of the larger Highway 4 Wildfire Defense System, which is designed to protect around 9,000 homes and critical infrastructure from Vallecito to Camp Connell. Since the 2015 Butte Fire, landscape-scale strategic fuel reduction projects have been built, or are under construction, to protect the Wildland Urban Interface (WUI) communities along Highway 4. The Hunter Reservoir project will fill a gap on the rim of the North Fork Stanislaus River Canyon on the Mill Creek drainage.

Utica partnered with the CalAm Team to secure funding and manage the project. The work is scheduled to begin the first week of June and operations may occur between 6 a.m. and 7 p.m. until complete. The goal for completion is late fall 2024, however, fire season weather patterns may inhibit the ability to operate and delay completion.

We have not been able to contact the following parcel owners:
APN: 30010037, parcel #27 – Lin Yuki Qing & Wu Ren Mu
APN: 30010012, parcel #24 – David & Andrea Irwin
If they are your neighbor or you have their contact info, please reach out to Kaylee Dillashaw (209) 768-1603 or

To read the full bulletin to homeowners click here.

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