CALDOR FIRE GOT YOUR ATTENTION?!
Prevent them all or keep them small!
The next Diamond Springs Fire Safe Council will be held at the Mother Lode Lions Hall in Diamond Springs on August 11, 2022.
The Diamond Springs Fire Safe Council (DSFSC) was formed to reduce fire hazards and to assist the community in preparing for a wildland fire. The DSFSC works with the Diamond Springs – El Dorado Fire Protection District to maximize fire safety and minimize loss of life and property.
Hi Friends and Neighbors –
On behalf of the Diamond Springs Fire Safe Council (DSFSC), I would like to invite any interested people to join us this Wednesday night – 07/27 6:30 pm at Solid Ground in Diamond Springs for a planning session. This is not a hosted event, so you will be on your own for food and beverage.
What this is: An open invitation to any interested parties who would like to join our ranks and help plan the next DSFSC community meeting to be held August 11th (at the Mother Lode Lions Hall). We need your help.
This IS NOT A POLITICAL FORUM NOR A VENUE REGARDING FUTURE GROWTH. We all have our own opinions as to what is going on in the area.
Our goal is to promote fire safety and emergency preparedness, to work together, not to “take a side.”
Topics of discussion on Wednesday 7/27 will be:
Prep plans for the Community meeting on the 11th.
o Who to invite
o What we want to cover
o What we want to accomplish
o How to get the word out to the Community.
Agenda items for the August 11 meeting include:
o A briefing on the South County Fuel Reduction Grant
o Setting up a functioning evacuation plan. (I have ideas on how to make it work)
o Current and expected services available for defensible space and home hardening.
Bring a notepad, and your ideas.
Hope to see you there!
Diamond Springs Fire Safe Council
For more information or to volunteer to help protect our community from wildfire, please visit the DSFSC website at https://www.edcfiresafe.org/diamond-springs-fire-safe-council/ or contact Denise Sweeney at firstname.lastname@example.org (530-748-8156), or Paul Penn at email@example.com (530-622-5694).
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WILDLAND FIRE IS THE GREATEST HAZARD IN DIAMOND SPRINGS!
There are three ways your home can be exposed to wildfire: (1) direct flames from a wildfire or burning neighboring home; (2) radiant heat from nearby burning plants or structures; and (3) flying embers. Flying embers from a wildfire can destroy homes up to a mile away and are responsible for the destruction of most homes during a wildfire.
WHAT CAN BE DONE?
• Fire Prevention – this includes reducing vegetation that can burn from around your home, along roadways, and at strategic places called fire breaks.
• Home Hardening – Fire hardened means your home is prepared for wildfire and an ember storm. It does not mean fireproof. Home hardening addresses the most vulnerable components of your house with building materials and installation techniques that increase resistance to heat, flames, and embers that accompany most wildfires.
• Evacuation Preparedness – Do you know how to evacuate from your home? Are there alternate routes? Do you have an evacuation plan? Do you have an evacuation kit/bag in your vehicle? How About Your Pets?
• Volunteer Your Time! – The DSFSC needs community involvement to succeed. We need people that can:
UPCOMING DSFSC PROJECTS
Initial Projects: Establishment of “Street Captains”, creation of phone/text trees, installation of street address signs, roadway vegetation clearance, firebreak creation/maintenance.
Future Projects: Vegetation clearance in Martinez Creek, community cleanup days, evacuation planning and signage.
By working together, we can reduce the potential for wildland fire and best protect our community if a fire occurs.
Message from Supervisor Wendy Thomas Delivered at the 9-9-21 Diamond Springs Fire Safe Council Meeting:
… Tonight, I applaud you in getting the Diamond Springs Fire Safe Council up and running. No doubt, fire and vegetation management is on the top of mind for everyone in our community, and your focused efforts will be critically important in the months and years ahead.
I know we share a collective grief over the devastation of Grizzly Flats and other areas of our County that were ravaged by the Caldor Fire. At the same time, I think we all recognize that we were abundantly blessed by the fierce dedication of the fire crews who went door-to-door, defending and protecting properties. They did the work that we should have done, and their efforts saved other communities from annihilation. May we take that lesson to heart and resolve to diligently manage our lands.
The good news is, there has already been many effective vegetation management efforts in the Diamond Springs area, and the work of the Patterson Ranch Fire Safe Council is inspiring and provides a solid framework to build on.
So thank you for your work on behalf of our community, and know that at the county level, we will also be focusing our attention on the proper management of our vast lands.
Six South County Fire Safe Councils Awarded $2.1 million grant for Fuel Reduction, including Roadside Clearance and Shaded Fuel Breaks
The El Dorado County Fire Safe Council is executing a contract to improve fire evacuation safety and to enhance existing fuel break and create new fuel breaks as a means to minimize fire spread. More information to follow.
WHY BE A PART OF THE DIAMOND SPRINGS FIRE SAFE COUNCIL?
While there are few aspects of the Caldor Fire that are positive, we hope that the wild fire impacting all of our lives now will bring home the need to conduct effective prevention measures to protect our community and prepare for incidents to maximize life safety when fires do occur.
The best way to achieve these objectives is to work together as a community by being part of the
Diamond Springs Fire Safe Council.
Our initial focus issues are:
What do we need more than anything else?
We need strong community involvement.
Everyone has some talent, skill, or interest that can be of help to the DSFSC. Are you able to:
You get the idea…
On Saturday September 18, core members of the DSFSC walked Crestview Drive and the tributary streets. The group knocked on every door of the 40 homes to introduce ourselves and discuss the efforts of the Fire Safe Council. Each home was given a red bag with brochures regarding fire safety, information on the DSFSC, and forms to order street address signs. We had the opportunity to talk with over half of the home occupants and encourage them to become active in fire safety, to look out for their neighbors, and engage in fire prevention. The group was impressed by vegetation management undertaken by some of our neighbors and concerned about swaths of unmanaged areas.
The DSFSC plans to expand our walking/meet and greet tours throughout the District boundaries.
Check out the flyer we distributed:
Additional projects to be determined by interest and resources include:
For additional information from CalFire regarding defensible space, home hardening, evacuation, and more head over to https://www.readyforwildfire.org/
An updated questionnaire for interested persons, a map of the proposed boundary, and a copy of the 7/28 and 9/9 presentations are below.
Come join us.
Initial Household/Business Questionnaire