MENDOCINO CO., 11//20/17 -- In the wake of the devastation caused by the Redwood Fire, local agencies have been working to help rural communities better prepare for wildfire in the future. This Wednesday, Nov. 29, the Mendocino County Fire Safe Council, along with Cal Fire, the University of California Agriculture and Natural Resources, and the Redwood Valley Grange are holding a day-long meeting to share information and advice about building more fire-safe communities, and developing neighborhood-based emergency action plans.
The free day-long event will be held at the Redwood Valley Grange from 9am - 4pm, and include a lunch. Experts from the Fire Safe Council, University of California Hopland Research and Extension Center, Cal Fire, and the county will provide information about how to create a local emergency plan, as well as share advice on land restoration after a wildfire. The event is free but registration is required: register here or by calling HREC's Hannah Bird at 707-744-1424, ext. 105. The event's Facebook page can be found here.
The event will also include opportunities to ask questions, order road signs, learn about the most current restoration techniques, and hear about neighborhood fire safety plans already in place around the county. If you can't stay the whole day, you are welcome to stay for just a part of the presentation.
Here's information from the event's press release, including the full agenda:
"The recent fires affecting Northern California have made us all consider how prepared we and our neighbors are for fire. While there are some situations in which we simply cannot be ready for the unpredictability of wild fire, there are many ways that we can make our homes more fire safe and consider our emergency action plans with our neighbors.
Join the Mendocino Fire Safe Council and partners from CAL FIRE, The Redwood Valley Grange and the University of California Agriculture and Natural Resources to consider how you can work with your road association or neighborhood to be prepared for wildfire.
The morning will focus on practical tips to help your community become "fire adapted", during the afternoon we will focus more on the latest research associated with fire ecology and how it can be applied to our communities. Participants are welcome to stay only for the morning if they cannot stay with us for the entire day.
Lunch will be provided for FREE and participants will also be given the opportunity to have a road sign created for them during the event for a small price."