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The Mendocino County Fire Safe Council, Inc., is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit partnership of persons, agencies, and organizations seeking to help people, property, and resources survive and thrive in our wildfire-prone environment.

 

Wildfire is a natural part of our county’s history.  In centuries past, fires ignited by lightning, Native Americans, and ranchers periodically burned lightly and quickly through our wildlands, clearing out dense brush and reducing the overall vegetation. Such fires rarely devastated the landscape, because they burned frequently and with much less intensity than we see today.

In the 20th and 21st centuries, thousands of people have moved into areas where these fires once burned, and homes now dot fire-prone landscapes. Because of these homes, wildland fires have been fought aggressively and natural fires are rarely allowed.  As a result, vegetation continues to become older and denser, and the danger of large, destructive fires continues to increase.

1486134_788281014531767_596890942_oThe Fire Safe Council does not seek to prevent all fires in wildland areas.  Instead, it seeks to help persons in wildland areas to prepare for wildfires that are inevitable.

The values at stake are the lives of residents and firefighters, plus animals, homes, and natural resources.  Through careful preparation, these losses can be prevented or reduced.

The Mendocino County Fire Safe Council assists this preparation primarily by (1) educating residents about the dangers of wildfire and how they can save their lives and property when one occurs; (2) encouraging mapping, evacuation route planning, road sign installation, water supply development, and other projects in rural areas to prepare for wildfire situations; and (3) obtaining grant funding to help residents make the necessary changes.

To more effectively accomplish these goals, the Council encourages road associations, homeowner groups, subdivisions, and towns to create their own Fire Safe Councils. The county Council assists local Councils with education, guidance, and possible grant funding.  Local Fire Safe Councils in the following areas are now assessing their needs and working on projects to improve their areas’ preparedness: the Caspar Community and Island Cove Estates (south of Point Arena) on the coast; Pine Mountain, Ridgewood Park, and Willowbrook/Sherwood Forest Hills (past Brooktrails) in the Willits area; and Deerwood, Oak Knoll Road, Upper Parducci Road, Black Bart Trail and Robinson Creek Road in the Ukiah area.

Since its founding in 2004, the Council has brought $700,000 of federal funding into Mendocino County from the Bureau of Land Management and the U.S. Forest Service.  It has also been granted $114,000 by the local Allen-Heath Memorial Foundation for outreach and wildfire planning efforts, including the creation in 2005 of the Mendocino County Community Wildfire Protection Plan, which was revised and updated in 2016.

The Mendocino County Fire Safe Council encourages all interested persons to become involved and to participate in its work! Volunteer here.

“Defensible Space” and “Survivability”

Almost all vegetation will burn in severe conditions. But if you take wise actions about the plants around your home, you will greatly improve your property’s chances of surviving. Does this mean cutting down all the trees and bushes near your house? No. Wildfire...

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RISK ASSESSMENT CHECKLIST

In a large wildfire, firefighters from other counties may be assigned to your area. They will not know you or where your home is. There will not be enough fire engines to defend each home. In these situations firefighters must make quick decisions based on what they...

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Post Fire Resources for Managing your Land

For information on Mendocino County's Hazardous Tree Removal Program in the Redwood Complex fire footprint, click here. Helpful Information for All Properties:   Step 1 to Fire Recovery Post Fire Restoration Dos and Donts (pdf) After the Fire – Preparing for...

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CREATING A “SAFETY ZONE” FOR USE IN A WILDFIRE EMERGENCY

In a wildfire, everyone may not be able to evacuate the burning area. If there’s only one road in and out for your home or subdivision: • the road will probably be overloaded with traffic trying to evacuate • numerous fire engines, water tankers, and bulldozers will...

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Funding Sources

Looking for help funding fuels management or other fire preparedness projects? Finding and securing funding is a complicated and ever-changing process. Here are few suggestions: •             Organize your neighborhood as a Fire Safe Council, then put together a...

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Important Facts About How Homes Burn

Homes are much more likely to burn due to small flying embers than to contact by large flames. Pushed by wind, embers often get inside attic vents and ignite homes from the inside. Sometimes those fires aren’t visible from outside for hours after the main fire passes....

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Invasive Weeds

Invasive Weeds Invasive weeds are non-native plants. These weeds displace native vegetation that wildlife depends on. They also harbor pests, reduce crop yields, and increase soil erosion, fire danger, and flood risks. Californians spend $85 million a year on invasive...

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Large Animal Rescue

Large Animal Rescue is a method of training used by emergency responders (especially firefighters) to extricate an animal from mechanical or natural entrapment. LAR training teaches how safely work with large, possibly injured animals; and how to keep the animals...

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Developing Water Supplies for Fire Protection

In rural Mendocino County water for fire suppression is often hard to come by. Many homes have thousands of gallons of water stored in tanks that can’t be used by the fire department because they lack the necessary fittings. Property owners involved in building new...

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Native Plants and the California Native Plant Society

What do native plants have to do with fire safety? Maintaining native plant diversity can promote fire safety in and around the home. Native plants are fire resilient, and native plant landscapes consume less water, which means more is available for suppression if the...

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Is your home water supply available for firefighting?

Is your home water supply available for firefighting?

Every year homes are lost to fire because water was not available for firefighters.; firefighters couldn’t access the water because the tanks lacked the correct fittings. Our full-color pamphlet , Developing Water Supplies for Fire Protection, describes how to...

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About Us

The Mendocino County Fire Safe Council, Inc., is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit partnership of persons, agencies, and organizations seeking to help people, property, and resources survive and thrive in our wildfire-prone environment.

The Fire Safe Council does not seek to prevent all fires in wildland areas.  Instead, it seeks to help persons in wildland areas to prepare for wildfires that are inevitable.

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Address

Mendocino County Fire Safe Council
410 Jones Street, Suite C-3
Ukiah, CA 95482

707-462-3662
firesafe@pacific.net