With record low rainfall, the grass and brush across California is tinder dry and ready to burn. Already this year CAL FIRE has responded to nearly 300 wildfires that have charred over 700 acres. In a normal year the department only responds to about 50 fires that all together would char a little over 100 acres.
CalFire plans to increase education and outreach on its residential defensible space program (Public Resources Code 4291).
·Maintain 100 feet of Defensible Space around all structures
·Clear all needles and 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 wood piles and flammable materials at least 30 feet from the home
For more information on preparing for wildfires and defensible space visit: http://www.readyforwildfire.org/
CalFire is developing an implementation plan which emphasizes education and outreach. Contact Shane Vargas at 530-283-9322
Plumas County Office of Emergency Services
Office of Emergency Services is partnering with USFS to hold a wildland fire exercise in Meadow Valley this spring. The goals of this exercise are to increase agencies notification, communication, and coordination, increase public awareness of fire prevention and firewise community activities, and help everyone be better prepared for a real incident. Contact Jerry Sipe Plumas County OES at 530-283-6367 or email at