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Posted by: thepinetree on 05/03/2018 11:10 PM Updated by: thepinetree on 05/05/2018 09:18 AM
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Wildfire Community Preparedness Day

Arnold, CA...Arnold/Ebbetts Pass Corridor Communities participate in National Wildfire Community Preparedness Day. Saturday, May 5th – Independence Hall, 1445 Blagen Road, Arnold, 9:00 to Noon. Residents and property owners in high-risk wildfire areas who want to take action to increase their safety but are unsure about how to start can now find the information and the inspiration they need to organize and accomplish wildfire risk reduction projects on their property and in their community. The Volunteers in Prevention Team is partnering with the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) and State Farm® for the 5th annual Wildfire Community Preparedness Day event on May 5th, 2018, to help individuals and communities prepare for and work together to reduce their risk of wildfire damage.

“Continued drought, hotter temperatures and tree mortality are major contributors to the increased wildfire activity we are experiencing in our area", says Jill Micheau, VIP Coordinator for Meadowmont HOA. “That’s why the Ebbetts Pass HOAs (Home Owners Associations) and Subdivisions have organized this event and are committed to working together with NFPA and State Farm to make our community safer from the threat of wildfire. We believe Preparedness Day is a great way to raise awareness of this important issue.”

Cal Fire and your VIP Coordinators will be presenting a number of speakers and providing information on topics relating to the safety of your property and our communities. Planned topics include:

The Multi-agency work being done to complete a fuel break around the entire corridor. U.S. Forest Service representatives will present a map showing boundaries between Subdivisions and forests, and where fuel breaks have been completed or are planned. Preventing fires from entering the community and/or forest is the first step in keeping our homes and towns safe.

Disaster communications, evacuation procedures and timing, and development of evacuation routes will be covered. You must know all evacuation routes and options in our communities.

An overview of the Firewise program and the Volunteers in Prevention (VIP) activities that are directed at maintaining defensible space around our homes and within our neighborhoods. Learn what to expect when property inspections begin this year, and how to be in compliance. You may even want to become a VIP! All you need to know will be presented at this meeting.
An expert will speak about the impact and outlook for tree mortality in our area. How many trees have died? Is the bark beetle scourge over? How to get rid of all those logs in your yard?

Homeowners insurance: many insurers are not renewing homeowners’ policies and are not writing new policies in our area. Find out what’s being done, what you can do to keep your coverage or how to get a new policy.

Through these educational, individual and group activities, residents and property owners in the Ebbetts Pass Corridor can learn more about the importance of wildfire preparedness and planning, the power of prevention, and the requirements for compliance. There are many new owners of property this year who should take advantage of the information covered at this event to understand their responsibilities to be in fire safety compliance along with planning for any evacuation needs.

Learn more about the national Wildfire Community Preparedness Day event on May 5th by visiting For more information contact Jill Micheau, 209-813-7019,

Event occurs on 05/05/2018 from 09:00 AM to .

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Posted on: 2018-05-04 00:01:40   By: Anonymous

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    Posted on: 2018-05-04 05:42:45   By: Anonymous

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Posted on: 2018-05-05 20:50:51   By: Anonymous
The Butte fire almost made it's way to Murphys and Arnold. And it started in the foothills. You need better building practices in the higher (pine) mountain area. I see people who stated here they do not want metal buildings, rather log building. Smarter building practice would be concrete, metal with metal or tile roofs.

Think about better building practices for your community plan, do not listen to implants who have no idea that they have moved into a high fire area.

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    Posted on: 2018-05-06 09:44:17   By: Anonymous
    Life involves risk. If you eliminate all risk, life becomes sterile and no longer fun.

    People unwilling to accept wildfire risk should live elsewhere (although heavily settled areas have burned too). Most of us up here keep our lots clear and accept the remaining risk, which is quite small. And we have insurance.

    BTW, asphalt shingles blow off my roof occasionally. When they get raked up with the pine needles and onto my burn pile, I find they do not burn at all. Sometimes they are in fire all day and are still unburned. I'll bet a modern asphalt shingle roof is nearly as fire proof as a metal roof

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      Posted on: 2018-05-06 10:17:32   By: Anonymous
      They are not safe at all when your roof is in ill repair. If your shingles are blowing off, you need a new roof. Missing shingles make areas where embers can come in contact with lumber.

      Yes, they do have a somewhat good fire rating, but they are also one of the least expensive roofs for a reason. The reason is that you have to keep replacing them. You constantly have to remove pine needles and debris from your roof, the roof is not a walking deck. You remove the granules and damage the shingles each time you are up there cleaning. The shingles are very brittle when cold, and very soft when hot, just walking on them damages them.

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      Re: FIRE
      Posted on: 2018-05-06 10:21:09   By: Anonymous
      What you consider acceptable risk costs everyone with increases in insurance policies. The very reason many can't even get insurance now in high risk areas.

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      Re: FIRE
      Posted on: 2018-05-06 10:25:09   By: Anonymous
      Do you even have home insurance? Your roof should never pass fire save inspection with missing shingles!

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        Re: FIRE
        Posted on: 2018-05-06 10:26:40   By: Anonymous
        Excuse me please. Correction: safe.

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          The Spelling Otter.
          Posted on: 2018-05-06 13:09:24   By: Anonymous
          You're excused.

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      Re: FIRE
      Posted on: 2018-05-06 14:41:53   By: Anonymous
      Good grief. So many people worried about me.

      Yes, I got a new roof.

      No, there were never bare spots with lumber or even felt showing.

      Yes, I have fire insurance. Always have.

      IMO, if you live in the woods there is no way to reduce fire and other dangers to zero no matter what kind of roof you have. My house and every house near me is surrounded by large pines that could fall on the house. I have a wood deck. I clear the pine needles and brush way back from my house but there are still things on or near the house that would ignite in a Butte Fire type scenario. I leave quickly with family and pets in evacuations. The rest of it is just stuff.

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        Posted on: 2018-05-06 22:42:54   By: Anonymous
        I use the butterscotch pudding-method of fire prevention

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        Posted on: 2018-05-07 16:46:39   By: Anonymous

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