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Mike Esnard is Mountain Communities Fire Safe Council president.

Fire and Forest: Fire budgets and reality …

Texas has had a terrible fire season. The state has been in a multi-year draught, and this year set a record for low rainfall. Another unwanted record was in heat, in which Texas had the highest average daily temperature through the summer of any state ever recorded. This summer was the hottest and driest Texas […]

Fire and Forest: The fire fee …

Town Crier readers will have noticed that the State Board of Forestry ruled on Aug. 22 that the Legislature approved fire fee was to be no more than $90, and that various discounts would apply. Residents who pay a local fire district fee would be given a $45 discount, and residents who could show a […]

Fire and Forest: Arizona fire, Woodies, grant help …

The most interesting news of the month regarding the focus of this column is the lesson of the Wallow Fire that burned earlier this summer in Eastern Arizona. Idyllwild Fire Protection District Chief Norm Walker was on the fire and is uniquely qualified to speak about it, and to our benefit he will address it […]

Fire and Forest: Our vision and mission

A grantor recently asked us for our strategic plan. Since we have never done a formal strategic plan, we decided this was a good time to go through the process and create a useful one (i.e., one that does not sit on the shelf). We decided to work on the plan this summer and fall. […]

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