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Opinion: Fire Safe Council On the Front Lines of Fire Safety

Tuesday, January 2nd, 2018

Thinning operations on Diamond Mountain, funded by the Lassen Fire Safe Council -photo provided

by Tom Esgate
Managing Director
Lassen County Fire Safe Council, Inc.

This fall’s fires have been tragic. We’re grateful for the heroic efforts of firefighters and first responders. While they were on the front lines fighting the flames, California’s Local Fire Safe Councils have been on the front lines of fire safety, working with local government, fire departments, public utilities and others on wildfire prevention activities such as fuel treatments, fire planning and education.

Locally, the Lassen County Fire Safe Council, Inc. recently completed two projects made possible by $100,000 in grants from Pacific Gas and Electric Company.

PG&E has been at the fore front of support for partnered projects that reduce the risk that wildland fires pose to critical infrastructure and our local Communities. The Day Lassen Bench wildland urban interface project helped reduce fuels by clearing brush fuels along Day Road, a key corridor for fire evacuation.

Our Little Valley WUI project was similar, and together they cleared and reduced hazardous fuel loads on more than 200. Calfire was also a critical partner on both projects.

With the historic drought, extreme weather and epic tree mortality, continuing this work has never been more critical.

You play a key role too, by making your home fire safe and being ready to evacuate. Maintain 100 feet of defensible space around your home. Create an emergency action plan for your family and practice it. You can learn more here: www.lassenfiresafecouncil.org

Together, we can help make California more fire safe and fire smart.

PG&E is helping to make Lassen County a little safer from fire – photo provided by Lassen County Fire Safe Council

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