Supervisors Proclaim Oct. 3-9 As Fire Prevention Week
September 29, 2010
AUBURN, CA – The Placer County Board of Supervisors today issued a proclamation declaring the week of Oct. 3-9, 2010 as Fire Prevention Week. It is the longest running public health and safety observance in the nation, and will be recognized by fire departments and agencies from all over Placer County. Additionally, Fire Prevention Week will also be celebrated at the Auburn Fall Home Show Oct. 1-3, at the Gold Country Fairgrounds in Auburn by the Placer County Fire Safe Councils, Placer County Fire Safe Alliance, and Sacramento Regional Fire Prevention Officers Association.
The Show will feature more than 6,000 square feet of display covering fire safety education for both interior and exterior home protection. Family members of all ages will have the opportunity to learn how to get out of a home in the event of a fire. The Safe Kids trailer is also scheduled to be at the show. The trailer is filled with simulated smoke and teaches kids how to stay low to the ground and crawl to safety. Fire equipment, arson investigation, home fire prevention and several hands-on displays are included for children and adults.
Local and regional agencies that participate in the Placer County Fire Safe Alliance will be involved in informational and educational activities throughout the week. The four Fire Safe Councils in Placer County participate in the Alliance. The Councils and the Alliance were formed to educate the public on creating fire-defensible communities that enhance life, property and natural resources through a collaborative approach in a fire prone environment.
The Alliance includes participation from the Placer County Office of Emergency Services, CAL FIRE, United States Forest Service, Bureau of Land Management, Placer County Resource Conservation District and Bureau of Reclamation.
“With the bulk of Placer County’s forest biomass in District 5, the fire safe councils provide a critical link between the County and Communities in determining and prioritizing defensible space and Firewise educational opportunities,” said Placer County Supervisor Jennifer Montgomery, whose 5th District includes most of the forested portion of the county. “ I am deeply grateful to the members of the public who serve so selflessly to protect their communities and our forests.”
There are currently three operating Fire Safe Councils in Placer County. In addition, a fourth has recently formed. They are:
- Foresthill/Iowa Hill Fire Safe Council: This is the longest established council. This Council has helped create multiple fuel breaks and enjoys community support. This FSC works under the guidance of the Foresthill Fire Protection District, in addition to working closely with the USFS. Projects and accomplishments can be seen on the Council’s website at http://www.firesafeforesthill.org/
- Greater Auburn Area Fire Safe Council: The is a joint effort between Placer County and the City of Auburn. It covers Penryn to Meadow Vista, including the City of Auburn. This FSC’s primary focus over the last six months has been the American River canyon rim. This Council developed the project “Canyon Safe” that resulted in 114 volunteers working to improve the Auburn Shaded Fuel Break. They continue to meet with community groups to develop new projects.
- Placer Sierra Fire Safe Council: This council stretches from Meadow Vista to Emigrant Gap and includes the City of Colfax. This Council formed about two years ago and has been working to secure grant funding to reduce the threat of wildfire in its area. This group is involved in its community and regularly participates in public functions and community education programs for defensible space.
- Greater Lincoln Fire Safe Council: The Placer County BOS recently approved the formation of this Council. Its boundaries are consistent with the Placer County Conservation Plan. Once formed, this FSC will focus on fire prevention projects and public education programs.
For additional information about the Alliance, please visit its website: http://www.placerfirealliance.org/. The Gold Country Fairgrounds are located at 1273 High Street in Auburn. The Show will be open Friday from 11 AM until 7 PM, Saturday, 10 AM to 6 PM, and Sunday, 10 AM to 6 PM.