What is Firewise
Firewise is a national program organized by the National Fire Protection Agency that teaches people how to adapt to living with wildfire and encourages neighbors to work together and take action now to prevent losses.
In the fall 2018 at our annual meeting of the Neighborhood Association we voted to become a Firewise community and John Lundquist volunteered to head the committee and start the process. The first step in becoming a Firewise Community is to have a risk assessment performed by a group of professionals and develop a plan to mitigate the fire risk. After the active fire season John Lundquist and Mike Floyd met with a team of Fire specialists to tour our neighborhood and perform a risk assessment. The following professionals attended the assessment.
Peninsula Fire Department: Gary Pini, Fire Chief
CAL FIRE: Shane Vargas, Fire Captain
Plumas County Office of Emergency Services: Sue McCourt, Fire Prevention Specialist
Lake Almanor Country Club Firewise Committee member: Bob McArthur
Plumas Firesafe Council: Hannah Hepner, Plumas Firesafe Council Coordinator
Click on the link below to view the results of The Pines Firewise Assessment.
Here is a good place to start learning about Firewise https://www.nfpa.org/Public-Education/By-topic/Wildfire/Firewise-USA
If you have any questions email John Lundquist at [email protected]
Navigate to the NFPA website to learn more about Firewise and the benefits of becoming a Firewise community.
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8/7/2018 – CALIFORNIA HOMES AT RISK FOR WILDFIRES
Deadly wildfires, once again, have pushed the conversation about the risk of living in some parts of California to the
forefront. A new analysis by insurance data provider Verisk Analytics shows that more people are in danger than you might think.
More than 2 million homes about 15 percent of all housing units in the state have high to extreme risk of wildfire
damage, according to the New Jersey-based firm. In seven counties, mostly in Northern California, more than two-thirds
of all homes were in jeopardy.
Percent of housing units in high to extreme risk: 71%.
The number of housing units in high to extreme risk: 11,100.
Percent of housing units in high to extreme risk: 50%.
The number of housing units in high to extreme risk: 6,400.
Percent of housing units in high to extreme risk: 64%.
The number of housing units in high to extreme risk: 1,400.
Verisk Analytics used three factors to determine risk, including how close a property is to forests, shrubs and trees;
whether it is near hilly or mountainous terrain; and if it is hard to reach and isolated. More than 500,000 acres
burned last year which included the Tubbs fire in Sonoma County that eliminated more than 5,600 structures and took 22
The Verisk analysis showed that Alpine, Trinity, Tuolumne, Mariposa and Nevada counties had the highest concentration
of houses at risk, according to the analysis. Meanwhile, Los Angeles, San Diego, San Bernardino, Ventura and Alameda
counties had the largest number of units at risk.
In the case of the northern counties, the risk will be higher because homes there often dispersed at the edge of a
wildland area, said Lenya Quinn-Davidson, a Eureka-based fire advisor for the University of California Division of
Agriculture and Natural Resources.
Quinn-Davidson said many homes actually burn not from the front of the fire but from embers landing on roofs filled
with debris or nearby shrubs.
Use the 360 view, see if you can spot any evidence of ladder fuel removal and Firewise philosophy landscaping. : http://redding.maps.arcgis.com/apps/webappviewer/index.html?id=2b5e92ade03a40cb8e1b3f1027245c0f