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MCFSC Radio Hour

Our radio show ran on KZYX from October 2020 through June 2021.  You can listen to the episodes below for conversations about the people, organizations, policies, and projects that help keep Mendocino County safe when wildfires occur.

MCFSC wishes to thank the California Fire Foundation for its support of these radio programs.  Learn more about them at

October 27, 2020

Our inaugural show covers the MCFSC’s history and current work, and treats listeners to a discussion with Mendocino County Resource Conservation District Forester Mary Mayeda, who helped kick-start the revival of the MCFSC.

November 11, 2020

Our second show featured a discussion with the current President and VP of the Mendocino County Fire Chiefs Association.

November 24, 2020

During our third show, we presented an introduction into our Home Hardening Video Series with Yana Valachovic of the UC Cooperative Extension.

December 8, 2020

An introduction to the Mendocino County Prescribed Burn Association, a volunteer group helping private landowners bring back prescribed burning as a fuel management strategy.

December 22, 2020

What it takes to keep a rural fire district running with Anderson Valley Fire District Chief Andres Avilla and EMS Officer and Battion Chief Clay Eubanks.

January 12, 2021

An overview of CAL FIRE operations and 2021 plans with Mendocino Unit Chief George Gonzalez.

January 26, 2021

An overview of PG&E’s local Vegetation Management Program and other wildfire safety programs in 2021.

February 9, 2021

Learn why you want to be part of a Neighborhood Fire Safe Council.

February 23, 2021

How to prepare your pets and livestock for wildfire and possible evacuation.

March 9, 2021

Tips on how to preserve the native landscape when you are working to clear your wildfire defensible space.

March 23, 2021

An overview of official emergency communications systems with Brentt Blaser of the Mendocino County Office of Emergency Services and Trisha Austin with the CAL FIRE Mendocino Unit.

April 13, 2021

A discussion with Chairman Sonny Elliott, Orval Elliott and other members of the Hopland Band of Pomo Indians regarding historic and current wildfire mitigation projects.

April 27, 2021

A discussion with Albion-Little River Fire District Chief Michael Rees about maintaining the district, and precautions you should take so that you do not cause the next wildfire.

May 11, 2021

Things you want to know about homeowners insurance with United Policyholders Executive Director Amy Bach and current legislative issues related to wildfire preparation with State Representative Jim Wood.

May 25, 2021

A recap of current events at CAL FIRE, MCFSC grant assistance programs and how to get ready for wildfire season with guest Tricia Austin, CAL FIRE Fire Prevention Specialist.

June 22, 2021

Details about a new grant that will help people in high fire risk areas upgrade to Class A fire resistant roofs. And information about our upcoming Mendocino Home Brew Festival and Wildfire Expo!