10-11-2014 FireWise Bulletin (Printable Report)
October and November, 2014
Congratulations, Loma Linda! We have been recognized as a FireWise Community/U.S.A., thanks to all the hard work property owners and our HOA Board have done to make our community safer for all of us. Among the projects accomplished in the past three years has been:
- Ongoing mitigation by property owners
- Creation of a shaded fuel break at the southwest corner of the development
- Submission of our Community Wildfire Protection Plan for approval
- Driveway inspections for emergency vehicle accessibility
- Chipping days to reduce/remove mitigated slash piles
- Plan for 2-sided reflective house signs for dwellings
- Wildland-Urban Interface Checkpoint to distribute fire safety information
- Home Ignition Zone inspections
- Fire Hydrant “adoption” program
Although this award will not mean reductions in property insurance costs, it should make Loma Linda more attractive to prospective buyers, and in particular, speaks to the determination of Loma Linda property owners to create and maintain a “fire-resistant” community.
If you missed out on any of the above activities or would like more information about them, please contact Peggy Beach (see below).
‘Tis the season to burn slash and leaves, but please remember that property owners must get a burn permit (good for the calendar year) and must follow safety precautions such as:
having a loaded hose or appropriate fire extinguisher near the fire
having someone in attendance at the fire at all times
locating the burn pile away from overhanging branches, propane tanks and structures.
For a complete list of restrictions copied from the Pagosa Fire District’s web site, please read the attachment below.
HOURS Open burning shall only be allowed during the hours between sunrise and sunset and when atmospheric conditions comply within the set limits. No open burning within the PLPOA subdivisions. Absolutely no burning after dark.
Open burning shall not be conducted within 50 feet of any structure, propane tank or other sources of flammables or fuels. Conditions that could cause the fire to spread within 50 feet of a structure shall be eliminated prior to ignition. Permit is only valid for the location listed on the permit.
FIRE-EXTINGUISHING EQUIPMENT A garden hose connected to a water supply or other approved fire extinguishing equipment shall be readily available for use at open burning sites.
OVERSIGHT Burning material shall be constantly attended from the time of ignition until 1/2 hour after the flames are extinguished by a competent adult, with a working telephone, who is knowledgeable in the use of the fire-extinguishing equipment and familiar with the permit limitations.
An open burn may not be left unattended. The Pagosa Fire Protection District must be called IMMEDIATELY, by dialing 9-1-1, if the fire extends beyond the control area.
SIZE Brush and scrap wood may only be burned in a maximum of 3 piles at one time, with no pile exceeding a 4X4X4 foot cube. Trash must be burned in a barrel with a screen over the opening. Fires in constructed fire pits are limited to a 2X2X2 foot cube.
DISCONTINUANCE The District is authorized to require the immediate extinguishment by the permit holder or other person responsible for open burning if the District determines that open burning constitutes or add to a hazardous or dangerous condition, or is offensive or objectionable pursuant to Section 307-1 of the Fire Code. If the District is required to respond to any open burn that has become uncontrollable, the permit holder and/or landowner shall pay a fee based on an established schedule of fees.
Peggy Beach, FireWise Ambassador
937 San Juan Dr.