Sierra County Firesafe and Watershed Council, Inc.
is a natural part of our environment. Forest and rangelands were burning long before Sierra County was settled in the 1800’s. Whether you are a full time resident or vacation homeowner, you need to think about the very real possibility of a major wildfire threatening your community.
This is where defensible space comes in, California State Law (PRC 4291) requires you to have defensible space. The best thing you can do is to make sure your home can stand alone. The homeowner is the most important person when it comes to preparing for a wildfire. You need to understand your local fire threat and learn what to do about it.
The Sierra County Fire Safe and Watershed Council is a non-profit corporation made up of citizens who recognize the need to raise public awareness of wildfire related issues. Contact the Council to schedule a free Defensible Space Consultation at 530-249-0444.
Black Forest Fire Structure Protection
Steve Schopper, Audio/Visual Specialist for the Colorado Springs Fire Department, documented and describes structure protection during the Black Forest Fire. Recorded Wednesday, June 12, 2013 at at approximately 3:30 p.m. Steve gives a behind the scenes look at our firefighters efforts to protect property and save lives.
Edited by Christian Wright & Steve Schopper
SRA Fire Protection Fee
Cal Fire State Responsibility Area (SRA) Fees
A law signed by Gov. Brown last year imposes an annual fee assessed to rural residents living in "State Responsibility Areas." The charge per habitable dwelling is supposedly to cover fire prevention services. The California Farm Bureau Federation, the Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Association and other organizations believe that this fee places undue burden on rural residents.
Farm Bureau members are encouraged to visit the state website at www.firepreventionfee.com, where they can find information about the fee as well as a protest form, titled "Petition for Redetermination." Within 30 days of submitting the fee payment, those who object to the fee should fill out the petition and submit copies to each of the following:
- Special Taxes Remittance Processing, State Board of Equalization, P.O. Box 942879, Sacramento, CA 94279-6199
- Fire Prevention Fee Service Center, Attn: Petitions, P.O. Box 2254, Suisun City, CA 94585
- Board of Forestry and Fire Protection, P.O. Box 944246, Sacramento, CA 94244
Cite the reason for protest as "Other." The description can include the member's concern about the fee and illegal taxation.
The Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Association has filed a lawsuit to challenge the legality of the SRA fee. To learn more, visit firetaxprotest.org.
Flight Plan Membership
Care Flight can help you when you need it most. Flight Plan will help you pay for medically necessary services of Care Flight. Care Flight’s Flight Plan is perfect for you whether you spend a lot of time skiing, hiking, camping or playing in the Sierra backcountry, or if you live or work in rural northern Nevada and northeastern California communities surrounding Reno and Sparks.
Care Flight has provided northern Nevada and the northeastern Sierra area critical care services 24 hours a day, seven days a week for over 25 years. Our three helicopters based in northern Nevada and northeastern California each provide service to a 150-mile radius area. Every aircraft is staffed with a licensed critical care nurse and paramedic to care for you enroute to the closest trauma center.
Your Flight Plan Membership covers reasonable out-of-pocket costs for you and your family for medically necessary air ambulance transports. Just read the agreement under the "membership" tab on the website, complete the application and mail with your membership fee to:
Care Flight’s Flight Plan, 450 Edison Way, Reno NV 89502.
Please be sure that you enter "SCFSWC" on the line for "Group Affiliation" and $30 on the line for "Approved Group Rate" (next to the $55). Both of these are on the right hand side of the application.*
* Care Flight will contact current members with information to stay enrolled.
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Sierra County Community Emergency Response Teams
The goal of this program is to help citizens of Sierra County to be self sufficient in major disaster situations. You will use your training to assist others in your neighborhood or workplace following an event when professional responders are not immediately available to help and to provide help to responders when they arrive. CERT members can also asist with non-emergency projects that improve the safety of the community. CERT members are encouraged to support emergency response agencies by taking a more active role in emergency preparedness projects in your community. Please contact Lee Brown, OES Coordinator, Sierra County at 530-289-2850 to volunteer.
In-Kind Contributions Documentation Form
Fuel reduction grants require a “match” or “buy-in” from the community which is a percentage of the awarded funds. In-Kind contributions qualify as a type of “match”. Examples of In-Kind include: Fire Safe clearing and maintenance, attending FireSafe or Firewise community meetings, talking with neighbors about the project and hired services for fire defense improvement work. For further information contact the SCFSWC at firstname.lastname@example.org
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To implement FireWise programs and provide assistance regarding fire prevention and preparedness to all citizens of Sierra County in order to reduce the loss of lives, personal property, and natural resources from wildfire. Our primary method for accomplishing this mission has been and remains the implementation of fuel reduction projects, largely on private lands.
Additionally, we will work closely with agency partners, contractors, and private property owners to explore means of maintaining watershed health through continued research in and education on water quality, fisheries, habitat, water supply reliability, river corridor recreation, forest and fuels management, reduction of flooding, and control of erosion and sedimentation issues in Sierra County.