Fire & Forest: The epitome of volunteerism — Woodies …

Volunteerism: There are several definitions of this effort. One is the act or practice of doing volunteer work in community service. Others are the...

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...

Goldspotted oak borer still a danger — look for indications and learn more …

So, as we all pursue the ever-compelling joys and rewards of removing all flammable materials from the 30-foot zone around our homes and structures,...

Fire & Forest: Public safety and caution …

Like a lot of people, I was fascinated by the almost complete shutdown of Atlanta from 2.3 inches of snow last week. It was...

Fire & Forest: Springtime fire abatement …

This year, as we emerge from a very wet winter (for a welcome change), it’s again time to make sure our property...

Fire and Forest: How do we compare to other forest areas? …

How many of us have visited a forest outside of Southern California? Many of these have amenities very similar to ours: campgrounds, hiking trails, lakes...

Fire & Forest: Protecting your deck from fire protects the house …

As we continue with another Southern California winter, are we all asking, “Where is this El Nino?” Who does not enjoy sitting, relaxing or working...

Fire and Forest: ‘Citizen of the Year’ and other lessons from the Woodies …

The Woodies are the rock stars of California fire safe councils.   As the volunteer arm of the Mountain Communities Fire Safe Council, they abate homes...

Fire and Forest: Fire Adapted Communities …

A fairly new term in wildfire policy is “Fire Adapted Communities.” Important fire organizations have placed a new emphasis on this concept over the...

Fire and Forest: New directions …

2011 was a very good year for the Mountain Communities Fire Safe Council. The money came late for our grant to help homeowners with...
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