Fire Safe Councils

ITC-IQ Firewatch Tri-County Presentation

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May is National Wildfire Awareness Month, a time when individuals, organizations, and communities are encouraged to consider their wildfire risks and take steps to prevent and mitigate the effects of fires. In honor of Wildfire Awareness month and to engage the community in wildfire risk reduction activities, the Green Valley Fire Safe Council is offering three events. Registration is required for two of those events. Please join us and learn what you can do to help prepare your home and the community for wildfire.

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We will distribute wildfire preparedness materials and talk with residents about the steps they can take to harden their home from wildfire.

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The Green Valley Fire Safe Council, in partnership with Republic Services, Potrero Hills, Cordelia Fire Protection District and Elevate Sustainable Solutions is pleased to offer three Free Green Waste Days. The first Green Waste Day will take place on Saturday May 1st which is National Wildfire Preparedness Day. The location will be provided to those who register for the event. To register use the link pasted below. Please share this flyer with your neighbors, neighborhood watch groups, HOA’s, and distribution lists. The service is for residents in Green Valley and those who live along Rockville Rd. Let us know if you would like to volunteer and help us at these events. We encourage neighbors to work together, share trucks or trailers, to reduce hazardous fuels in your community.

FREE GREEN WASTE DAYS REGISTRATION LINK <https://www.eventbrite.com/e/free-green-waste-day-may-1st-2021-tickets-150266746885>

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To see the full document from Green Valley Fire Safe Council on reducing the risk of catastrophic wildfire, click here.

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https://cafiresafecouncil.org/

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Wildfire Preparedness
This infographic from the USDA Forest Service and Firewise.org is a good example of what to look for when preparing your home for wildfire.
With Spring upon us it is a great time to begin preparing our homes and property for the threat of wildfire. While May is typically the month in which wildfire preparedness observances are held, it is never too early to begin home hardening projects and creating buffers that will help protect lives and property when the next wildfire occurs. There are many low-cost options for protecting your home that can be found on the California Fire Safe Council and Cal Fire websites.

Homes can catch fire when an ember from a nearby blaze lands in a roof gutter, attic vent or on top of landscape material. It is important to keep your roof, roof gutters and the base of walls clear of flammable debris such as leaves and pine needles. A 30-foot buffer between your home and any dead or dying plants, trees or branches is also advised.

Another easy home hardening activity is to cover vent openings with noncombustible and corrosion resistant mesh screens to prevent flying embers from entering attics and crawl spaces. Now is also a good time to check your siding for dry rot, gaps and cracks that may present an entry point for embers. In the event that you and/or your family must evacuate due to wildfire, it’s important to have a plan and know where you will go. Cal Fire’s Ready For Wildfire webpage has helpful tips for you to create an evacuation plan and checklist.

Between October and December 2020, I worked with Yolo County Supervisor Don Saylor and Winters Mayor Wade Cowan to host a series of listening sessions for residents impacted by the LNU Lightning Complex Fire. I continue to work with our partners in Yolo County as well as Senator Bill Dodd and Napa County Supervisor Diane Dillon to address future wildfire preparedness and planning efforts at a local and regional level.

At 6 p.m. Tuesday, April 13, Senator Dodd will host a virtual town hall on wildfire preparedness featuring a panel of experts including the state’s top firefighter, Cal Fire Chief Thom Porter. I encourage anyone interested in wildfire preparedness to tune in by visiting: https://sd03.senate.ca.govFor more information on how to prepare for wildfire, download the ready-for-wildfire app and learn how to create defensible space around a home by visiting www.readyforwildfire.org.
Contact John Vasquez at 707-784-6129, or e-mail JMVasquez@SolanoCounty.com if you need assistance. You may also contact District Representative Jennifer Hamilton at 707-784-3034, or e-mail JLHamilton@SolanoCounty.com, or Ryan Chalk at 707-784-6128, or e-mail RLChalk@SolanoCounty.com.