Start Of 2008 Fire Season

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SAC METRO ANNOUNCES START OF 2008 FIRE SEASON

FIRE OFFICIALS URGING PUBLIC TO CREATE DEFENSIBLE SPACE AROUND HOMES AND PROPERTY

In coordination with Cal Fire, the Sacramento Metropolitan Fire District has declared Monday, May 12th, at 8:00 am as the official start of 2008 Fire Season. Citizens in the Sacramento area will once again see the familiar site of grass rigs running in tandem with fire engines as they make their way around the county. In anticipation of the coming hot and dry conditions, Fire Marshall Mike Stewart has mailed out over 1,000 letters to residents whose properties are in need of weed abatement in order to create a defensible space around their homes. Each year homes are damaged or destroyed by wildland fires in situations that could have been prevented by the clearing of weeds, brush and other combustibles around their property. Sac Metro Fire recommends that residents create a defens! ible space for a minimum of 30 feet (but up to 100 feet) in all directions from their home. When cutting down weeds and brush, it is critical to do so early in the morning when the weather is cool and winds are at a minimum. It is also important to have a garden hose and/or fire extinguisher readily available in case the cutting equipment causes a spark and ignites the dry grass.
 

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In Ventura County, we do not have a beginning or end of Fire Season. It is our official policy that Fire Season extends year-round. We have already had a week of 90 - 100 degree temps (in April), and it is supposed to warm up again the end of next week.

Could be a long summer and fall.
 

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SCU opens Monday

All burn permits cancelled.

Here is a Special Declaration by the Governator


NOW, THEREFORE, I, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Governor of the State of California, in accordance with the authority vested in me by the Constitution and statutes of the State of California, do hereby issue the following orders to become effective immediately:

IT IS HEREBY ORDERED that the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (CAL FIRE) shall secure and deploy additional resources that are necessary, as determined by the Director, to protect the safety of persons and property from wildfires during periods of elevated fire risk as follows:

(a) Staff additional fire crews, fire engines, helitack crews, fire bulldozers, equipment and aviation resources as warranted based on fire threat conditions.

(b) Assign a crew of four firefighters to selected CAL FIRE fire engines as warranted based on fire threat conditions.

(c) Provide for immediate availability and utilization of the Supertanker aircraft.

(d) Assign additional resources in the CAL FIRE Contract Counties as warranted based on fire threat conditions.

(e) Coordinate with the Governor's Office of Emergency Services (OES) and the California National Guard for those military resources that may be available for assistance during emergencies in California.

(f) Assign additional fire safe inspectors where and when beneficial to reduce fire risk, assist with fire hazard reduction, conduct defensible space inspections, and promote fire safe practices, public education and prevention programs.

(g) Assign fire lookouts during peak fire conditions as part of CAL FIRE staffing patterns.

(h) Increase staffing for command and control functions at CAL FIRE Unit Emergency Command Centers, Northern and Southern Operations Centers and the CAL FIRE Sacramento Coordination Center when necessary to respond to significant fire events.

(i) Assign additional staff as necessary to provide emergency incident support and burn area emergency assessment and response activities.

IT IS FURTHER ORDERED that CAL FIRE utilize staff as necessary to support a heightened level of fire prevention public awareness and education utilizing CAL FIRE Volunteers in Prevention, Fire Safe Councils, and the Office of the State Fire Marshal.

IT IS FURTHER ORDERED that CAL FIRE develop and implement aggressive interdiction plans for the enforcement of laws regarding arson and illegal and dangerous fireworks, focusing on high traffic, high impact, high volume distribution and transportation points which may be the sources for the ignition of wildland fires in California.

IT IS FURTHER ORDERED that CAL FIRE continue, within its authority, to expedite the processing of contracts and grants of federal funds to communities, and continue to support local and regional responses to the bark beetle affected tree eradication and community emergency planning efforts.

IT IS FURTHER ORDERED that OES shall, in consultation and coordination with CAL FIRE and as fire threat conditions warrant, (a) deploy OES fire engine strike teams to ensure a substantial response capability to any wildland fire situation in California, with the costs of the deployment to be reimbursed consistent with the California Fire and Rescue Mutual Aid Plan and the California Fire Assistance Agreement, and (b) augment personnel at OES operations centers and emergency incident support teams as necessary to respond to significant fire events.

IT IS FURTHER ORDERED that the California National Guard prepare its aviation assets, and pre-position ground support equipment, as appropriate for immediate response to major wildfires and report to OES weekly on the status of all aircraft.

IT IS FURTHER ORDERED that the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation, including the Division of Juvenile Justice, establish the highest priority for assignment of minimum custody or camp-approved inmates and wards to Conservation Camp Fire Crews.

IT IS FURTHER ORDERED that the California Conservation Corps (CCC) report to CAL FIRE daily on the readiness of all CCC support crews for response to wildfires.

IT IS FURTHER ORDERED that OES review the preparedness of state agencies and departments to ensure readiness for response to wildfires.

IT IS FURTHER ORDERED that CAL FIRE and OES work closely with federal, state and local government agencies, bordering states, and the Mexico border states to maximize California's fire prevention and fighting capabilities and to provide appropriate reciprocal assistance when requested.

IT IS FURTHER ORDERED that, to the extent authorized by applicable law, the purchasing authority of CAL FIRE and OES (and other state agencies and departments as deemed necessary by the Director of OES) shall be raised to $100,000 to expedite the contracts necessary to prepare and respond to emergencies during this fire season.

IT IS FURTHER ORDERED that the Department of General Services (DGS), in coordination with OES, shall establish short and long-term procurement mechanisms to secure the unique goods and services that may be required to support communities in an emergency.

IT IS FURTHER ORDERED that OES, in consultation and coordination with the California Resources Agency and the California Environmental Protection Agency, initiate preparedness and training efforts for local governments to ensure that post-fire watershed assessments, emergency protective measures, effective debris removal efforts, post-fire burn area assessments, and mitigation efforts to evaluate potential hazards, are implemented to address needed remediation.

IT IS FURTHER ORDERED that the California Environmental Protection Agency and the California Resources Agency shall oversee the Climate Action Team's development of measures for wildfire fuels reduction and biomass utilization.

IT IS FURTHER ORDERED that CAL FIRE shall provide educational information to homeowners on defensible space and California Building and Fire Codes ignition-resistant building materials, and shall develop training for defensible space inspection and building ignitability in consultation with the Department of Insurance, OES, and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA).

IT IS FURTHER ORDERED that CAL FIRE shall conduct vigorous defensible space inspections, and shall impose fines and/or liens pursuant to applicable authority if necessary.

IT IS FURTHER ORDERED that to assist landowners to meet their 100-foot defensible space requirements to reduce hazardous vegetation and landscaping, CALFIRE, in consultation with the California Biomass/Biofuel Collaborative, may enter into contracts, agreements, and arrangements for the chipping, hauling, burning, or other methods of disposal of hazardous vegetation removed by landowners as required by Public Resources Code section 4291 and Government Code section 51182.

IT IS FURTHER ORDERED that OES shall continue to support the development of fire hazard information and shall continue to make it available to the public.

IT IS FURTHER ORDERED that OES shall assist local communities to help ensure that federal hazard mitigation grants are focused on the areas of greatest vulnerability in the Wildland Urban Interface in California.

This Order is not intended to, and does not, create any rights or benefits, substantive or procedural, enforceable at law or in equity, against the State of California, its agencies, departments, entities, officers, employees, or any other person.

I FURTHER DIRECT that as soon as hereafter possible, this Order be filed in the Office of the Secretary of State and that widespread publicity and notice be given to this Order.
 

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Fire lookouts? As in the cool towers on hilltops that CDF mostly either tore down, turned into radio sites or abandoned? Or as in VIPs (aka: Hams on Patrol) driving around, looking for suspicious activity?
 

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Kirk said:
Fire lookouts? As in the cool towers on hilltops that CDF mostly either tore down, turned into radio sites or abandoned? Or as in VIPs (aka: Hams on Patrol) driving around, looking for suspicious activity?
I don't know what you have down your way Kirk, but we still have four usable (and staffed) lookouts in Butte County that are state (Bloomer, Sunset, Bald, and Sawmill), plus the federal lookouts at Colby (Tehama County) and Pike County (Plumas Forest near Challenge). We also have an old one (unused but usable) on Platte Mountain (state tower). So, not ALL of them have been torn down or abandoned... :)

David
 
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Copernicus in SCU was completely re-built by the VIP's and some other
volunteers two years ago.

LOADS of VERY heavy lumber were manually hauled up that hill to rebuild it.:D

It's usually staffed by trained VIP's during red flag conditions or dry lightning, scanning
the unit every 15 minutes.

There is no cell phone coverage on the back side of Mt. Hamilton, so the lookouts do
still provide a valuable service to the state for early warning. Especially during dry lightning starts.
 

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ScannerDude244 said:
Yeah it could be half of Arroyo Seco is in los padres and SRA. It's real nice up there if you like swimming in cold ass water.
trooperdude said:
Copernicus in SCU was completely re-built by the VIP's and some other
volunteers two years ago.

LOADS of VERY heavy lumber were manually hauled up that hill to rebuild it.:D

It's usually staffed by trained VIP's during red flag conditions or dry lightning, scanning
the unit every 15 minutes.

There is no cell phone coverage on the back side of Mt. Hamilton, so the lookouts do
still provide a valuable service to the state for early warning. Especially during dry lightning starts.

I remember that wasn't that the lick fire?

Local news just did a report on lick fire something about wildflowers regrowing.
 
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