tuesday, march 31, 2015
It seems hard to believe that another year has passed and we are now on the verge of entering a new fire season. Wildland fires are a serious threat to lives, pets, our livelihood, hobbies, and property. The recent lack of normal seasonal rainfall, warmer temperatures during the winter months, high winds, and dry vegetation has made the traditional fire season worse. In order for us to be successful and maintain the beauty of our mountain-top-home each resident and visitor has to take personal responsibility and be prepared well in advance of the threat of a wildland fire. I encourage each resident in our community to take advantage of the great weather we currently have to create defensible space by clearing leaves and other debris from gutters, eaves, porches, and decks. This will reduce the possibility of embers igniting your home. Use fire-resistant landscaping; remove dead vegetation and other flammable materials (firewood stacks, propane tanks) within 30 feet of your home’s foundation and outbuildings, including garages and sheds. If it can catch fire, don’t let it touch your house. Don’t let debris and lawn cuttings linger. Dispose of these items quickly to reduce fuel for fire. Remember dry grass and shrubs are fuel for wildfire. Cover exterior attic vents with metal wire mesh no larger than 1/8 inch to prevent sparks from entering the home. Inspect shingles or roof tiles. Make every effort to replace or repair those that are loose or missing to prevent ember penetration. Lastly, now is the time to replenish emergency supplies and store then in a safe place. Review and practice your escape routes and make sure that everyone in the home knows the plan of action.
Unfailingly, our volunteer fire department continues to work hard and train even harder to protect our community. We recently recruited 13 new firefighters and they are in the process of completing their fire academy training. The addition of these new personnel, coupled with your partnership, will enable us to continue our tradition of providing prompt and fiscally responsible service.
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