06-2016 Firewise Bulletin (Printable Report)
Peggy Beach, FireWise Ambassador
264-0463, email@example.com 937 San Juan Dr.
Do you have your green reflective house sign? If not, contact Glen Unrath (264-1148) and put your name on the list to get one this summer. Signs have been purchased by the HOA for all properties in Loma Linda, and installation is free! These signs are vitally important to help emergency personnel find your house after dark.
Help keep Loma Linda a Firewise Community/USA by mitigating your property and clearing the “home ignition zone” around your house of flammable materials. Did you know some insurance companies are now giving discounts to customers who live in a Firewise Community such as ours? For help in planning mitigation projects or assessing your home ignition zone, contact Peggy Beach.
On June 8, a lightning strike caused a 4-acre fire southeast of Loma Linda near the Rio Blanco. The following article describes the situation and gives sources of information about future fires in the National Forests.
USFS FIRE CREWS WORKING TO SUPPRESS FOUR-ACRE FIRE SOUTHEAST OF PAGOSA SPRINGS
PAGOSA SPRINGS, Colo. — San Juan National Forest Pagosa Ranger District firefighters are working to suppress the four-acre Winter Hills Fire, located about seven miles southeast of Pagosa Springs on National Forest System lands. The fire is burning in a remote area of oak and ponderosa pine about two miles north of the Blanca River Campground and Forest Road #656 and not threatening any structures. The lightning-strike fire was reported this morning and is now about 50 percent contained. Earlier today, slurry was dropped on the fire by single-engine air tankers, which have now been released. The Mesa Verde National Park helicopter remains working the fire. The 20-person Juniper Valley fire crew be onsite tomorrow to assist the district firefighters.
Visit the San Juan National Forest Website at: www.fs.usda.gov/sanjuan, or follow us on TWITTER @SanJuanNF
Five P’s of Evacuation
- People and Pets—And other livestock too.
- Prescriptions—Medications, eye glasses, hearing aids, oxygen.
- Papers—Important documents.
- Pictures—Irreplaceable memories.
- Personal Computer—Information on hard drives and disks.
DATES AND EVENTS TO REMEMBER!
- Applications for chipping rebates should be available soon. Contact Bill Trimarco for details (264-0430, firstname.lastname@example.org).
- Mitigation grants will be offered for a limited time this year only. (Funds have been cut for this program.) Be sure to take “before” pictures of the areas you plan to mitigate.
- May 7 is National Community Wildfire Preparedness Day. A BBQ and Education event at Reservoir Hill will be held at Reservoir Hill to highlight recent mitigation efforts there.
- Help is needed to erect a sign at the “Metro Park” in the southwest corner of Loma Linda.
- Help is needed to cut and stack firewood left over from the mitigation of the covered fuel break in the southwest corner of Loma Linda. This firewood had been designated for property owners only, but any that isn’t needed will be donated to a charity that distributes wood to needy families.
To volunteer to help, or for more information, contact:
Peggy Beach, FireWise Ambassador
The San Juan National Forest Service has issued the following information about prescribed burns in April (weather permitting):
SPRING PRESCRIBED BURNS PLANNED IN APRIL FOR PAGOSA RANGER DISTRICT
PAGOSA SPRINGS – The San Juan National Forest plans to conduct prescribed burning in April in two areas of the Pagosa Ranger District. The burn operations will take place on different days, with timing dependent on weather and fuel conditions.
Firefighters will ignite about 200 acres in the Brockover Mesa area adjacent to the Turkey Springs Road (Forest Road # 629) northwest of Pagosa Springs. Another 200 acres will ignited by ground crews in the Horsefly Burn Plan between the First Fork Road (Forest Road #622) and the Piedra River. Smoke from these operations may be visible from U.S. Highway 160, Colorado Highway 151 and the Piedra Road (Forest Road #621).
For more information, please contact the Pagosa Ranger District at 970 264-2268.
Below is part of a report from a meeting held by the Emergency Operations Coordinator, Thad McKain.
From: Jim Huffman
Sent: Friday, December 04, 2015 2:40 PM
To: Jim Huffman
Subject: Winter Emergency Operations & El Nino Presentation
Attached is the briefing that was prepared by the County EOC and that has been presented by the EOC Chief, Thad McKain several times. You need to take a look and make your own plans for what could/might happen this winter as a result of the projected weather patterns. POC phone # at the EOC is 731-4799, dispatch is 731-2160. Thad McKain’s e-mail is: email@example.com .
Some of the points brought out during the briefing I attended include:
1. Oxygen users – standard home O2 systems do not work without power. In the event of extended power outage emergency crews may not be able to get to you to provide assistance if they don’t know you might need it. You should contact them in advance (like now) and let them know where you are and the kind of assistance you might need for medical emergencies. There may be a HIPPA form to fill out in order for them to maintain your info.
2. Listen to KWUF in the event of a power failure – means preparation by having a battery powered radio.
3. Keep a fuel supply for snow blower/snow mobile and insure that your vehicles are filled up prior to any predicted storm – local gas stations do not have generator back-up for pumping gas in the event of a power outage.
4. If you can, maintain an emergency supply of food, water & lights (battery or solar). Keep a change of warm clothes in the car.
5. Red Cross has a preparation list on their web site.
6. Consider volunteering to assist the Sheriff’s Office in the event of an emergency. Any extended emergency will likely overload first responders within the first 24 hours and any LE experienced personnel who can assist will extend the operational capacity of the office during an extended emergency. I am trying to get a link to the volunteer form, but do not have it yet.–Jim
Please consider volunteering to assist. We may never be called on to help, but if the need arises, all help will be invaluable.