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Firefighter News - August 2016

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Firefighter News - August 2016

BURN BAN

Dry Conditions and Increased Fire Activity
Lead to Burning Suspension 

California’s increased fire activity, coupled with the current weather forecast for continued heightened fire danger, has prompted CAL FIRE to suspend all burning permits and open fire within the State Responsibility Area of California. The Burn Ban suspends all residential burn permits, forest management, hazard abatement, and other industrial-type permitted burning within the 31 million acres of State Responsibility Area. With conditions being so dry, we need to take every step possible to prevent new wildfires from starting. Campfires within organized campgrounds or on private property are allowed if they are in a designated campfire site that prevents fire from spreading outside the site. The burning suspension will remain in effect until there is a significant change in weather conditions or until the end of fire season. The last two years have been relatively light for wildfires due in part to favorable weather patterns, but this year California has experienced an increase in fires statewide. Historically, the fall months are when the largest and most damaging wildfires occur, so CAL FIRE is urging residents to do their part to be fire safe during this critical time and to make sure they have prepared an emergency plan in case a fire threatens their home or family. 

Here are some tips all citizens can use to prevent wildfires: Do Defensible Space clearing before 10 a.m. and never on a hot and windy day. DON’T toss cigarettes out your car window. Don’t pull off into dry grass or brush. Hot exhaust pipes and mufflers can start fires that can’t be seen easily by the driver. Check with local officials for additional fire restrictions. In wildland areas, spark arresters are required on all portable gasoline powered equipment. This includes tractors, chainsaws, weed eaters, mowers, motorcycles and All Terrain Vehicles (ATVs). Report any suspicious activity. Call the CAL FIRE Arson Hotline: 1-800-468-4408. Nearly ninety-five percent of all wildland fires within CAL FIRE’s jurisdiction are human-caused and CAL FIRE is asking the public to do their part in preventing wildfires. 

SEBASTOPOL FIRE

Prepare for an Early Fire Season 

In light of the extreme drought conditions, the City of Sebastopol Fire

Department is asking residents to prepare early this year in creating a

defensible space. Here is what you can do to protect your family, home and

community:

• Maintain 100 feet of defensible space around all structures.

• Clear all needles, leaves from roofs, eaves and rain gutters.

• Trim branches six feet from the ground.

• Landscape with fire resistant/drought tolerant plants that require little water.

• Remove branches away from roofs and 10 feet from the chimney.

• Use trimming, mowing and powered equipment before 10 a.m., and not on hot, windy days.

• Keep woodpiles and matters inflammables at least 30 feet of the home.

• For more information on preparing for wildfires and creating a defensible space in Sonoma County, visit FireSafeSonoma.org or CAL Fire’s ReadyForWildFire.org. If you have further questions, please call the Sebastopol Fire Department at (707) 823-8061.

RUSSIAN RIVER FIRE

A public hearing will be held at the Russian River Fire Station by the Russian River Fire Protection Board of Directors on Wednesday September 14, 2016, at 6pm. The hearing will be held for the purpose of adopting the Final Budget for the 2016-2017 fiscal year and adopting the 2016-2017 Appropriations Limit (Prop. 4) as part to the 2016-2017 fiscal Budget Package. Any person may appear and be heard regarding any item on the budget, the Appropriations Limit or the addition of any other items.

Visit us on line at russianriverfire.org.

FIRE FIGHTERS BENEFITS

Bodega Volunteer Fire Department

Sunday August 7th 2016, 10 am–5pm Bodega Big Event: Parade, BBQ, Beer, Wine, Live Music, Crafts, Games

Saturday & Sunday August 27th & 28th 2016, 10 am–6pm Bodega Seafood, Art and  Wine Festival, 16855 Bodega Hwy.

FORESTVILLE FIRE

A public hearing will be held at the Russian River Fire Station by the Russian River Fire Protection Board of Directors on Wednesday September 14, 2016, at 6pm. The hearing will be held for the purpose of adopting the Final Budget for the 2016-2017 fiscal year and adopting the 2016-2017 Appropriations Limit (Prop. 4) as part to the 2016-2017 fiscal Budget Package. Any person may appear and be heard regarding any item on the budget, the Appropriations Limit or the addition of any other items.