Last update: Thurs., November 20th, 2014
GENERAL ANNOUNCEMENT TO ALL SOLICITORS
DO NOT CONTACT
THE COLESTIN RURAL FIRE DISTRICT BY ANY MEANS, INCLUDING PHONE CALLS,
ELECTRONIC MAIL, INSTANT MESSAGING, OR STANDARD MAIL. PERSISTENCE
IN DOING SO MAY RESULT IN LEGAL ACTION.
The Lomakatsi Restoration Project has notified us that a
prescribed burn will take place tomorrow (Friday, Nov. 21st)
on a private property in the lower section of the Colestin Valley
in Oregon (near Goat Ranch Road and the Gregory Loop). See below in
this announcement for more info.
The 2014 fire season ended on October 15th. (See ODF's
bulletin; also see our
2014 Fire Season Chronology
archive page.) No current restrictions on
open and barrel burning or
power equipment are in effect for either public or industrial
Although the Colestin Rural Fire District does not require
permits for burning, the ODF states that "both Jackson and Josephine
counties have telephone numbers to call to find out whether
air quality conditions allow burning." The number to
call in Jackson County is: (541) 776-7007.
REMINDER #1: CLEAN
YOUR STOVE PIPES AND CHIMNEYS, IF YOU HAVE NOT YET DONE
SO FOR THE WOODBURNING SEASON. Also, "burn clean, not green":
using properly seasoned wood
is safer and provides more heat.
REPLACE ALL OF YOUR SMOKE
ALARM BATTERIES - NO MATTER HOW MUCH CHARGE THEY MAY
STILL HAVE - WITH NEW BATTERIES.
Home fires often become devastating and sometimes deadly
not because there weren't any smoke detectors, BUT BECAUSE THE BATTERIES
HAVE FAILED, delaying discovery. This is avoidable! Working smoke
detectors provide a crucial time advantage and can help to save your
home, your life, and the lives of your family members. Make
sure your smoke detectors are all working, with FRESH batteries.
For additional wet-season fire safety and preparedness
information, see our WINTER
FIRE SAFETY and WINTER
EMERGENCY PREPAREDNESS PLANNING & SAFETY pages.
ALERT/FYI: The Lomakatsi Restoration Project
has recently notified us of several prescribed burning projects
on private properties within the Colestin Valley intermittently this
fall. Current dates are Nov. 1st to Dec. 1st. All burns are contingent
upon getting air quality clearance from the Oregon Department of Forestry's
smoke management forecasting.
See Lomakatsi's most recent announcement
flyer for additional information. (Previously posted
past burn information is also below). We
have also received maps of designated burn locations and can verify
occurrences of prescribed burning for anyone witnessing fire or smoke
during this timeframe.
For more detailed information about this project, see
or contact Lomakatsi directly at 541-488-0208.
FYI: The Jackson County Land Steward
Fall-in-the-Field Land Steward Training began
Sept. 11th, 2014.
This is a 13-week in-the-field course that promotes responsible land
management by assisting small-acreage landowners in developing a land
management plan for personal land-use goals. The Extension's announcement
states: "The course is targeting land owners who want to learn
how to balance sustainability with their rural lifestyles."
Course topics include fire safety, fuel reduction,
water conservation, and promoting healthy trees and forests.
"Participants learn to: live
safely in wildfire-prone areas; reduce yard waste and woody
biomass; identify and eradicate noxious weeds; make their own mulch
and compost; promote and develop wildlife habitat; maintain healthy
trees and forests; [and] conserve water and reduce runoff."
Taught by Natural Resource professionals, the course provides handouts,
references, further resources, professional presentations, and field
trip site visits to augment the information.
The current course is held at Jackson County's OSU partnership office,
Oregon Research & Extension Center (SOREC) at 569 Hanley Road,
Central Point OR 97503; Phone: (541) 776-7371 (Mon.-Fri., 8:00
am - 5:00 pm). Dates & times are Sept. 11 to Nov. 13th, on Thursdays
from 1-5:30 PM.
The cost before Sept. 1st was $150 per person ($200 per couple);
after Sept. 2nd, the cost rose to $175 per person ($225 per couple).
Pre-payment is required; "Scholarships and payment plans are
available for those in need."
For more information on this fall's course or future sessions of
this course, and for application and registration information, email
Rhianna Simes, Coordinator, at firstname.lastname@example.org, or call
(541) 776-7371 ext. 211, or see http://extension.oregonstate.edu/sorec/land-steward-program.
Ongoing FREE 10-MINUTE HANDS-ONLY CPR
TRAINING: If you missed this opportunity to get trained
in Hands-Only CPR at one of our previous events, you still can.
Colestin/Hilt Emergency Preparedness Plan Leadership Group held
its first meeting on Sat., January
18th, 2014. Our newly launched Emergency Preparedness Plan Project
is in recognition of the increasing need to be able to effectively
respond to significant emergency events here in our valley, and to
provide help and leadership through the District to our residents.
Learn more about our Emergency
Preparedness Plan Project on our
new page dedicated to developing our emergency preparedness
HELP WITH FUEL REDUCTION
AND OAK WOODLAND RESTORATION:
For those who are thinking ahead, since these projects need advance
planning, here is some information for you to consider:
The Partners for Fish and Wildlife Program, run out of the Klamath
Falls Fish and Wildlife Office, is available to help private landowners
restore oak woodland.
"The Partners for Fish and Wildlife Program works with private
landowners and other partners providing financial and technical assistance
to achieve voluntary habitat restoration," according to the Program
The Program also includes assistance in identifying areas that could
benefit from prescribed fire, and in connecting landowners with additional
organizational resources in order to help fund and carry out approved
prescribed burning plans. (Due to multiple such events during the
fall of 2011, prescribed burns now also need to be coordinated with
the fire district, partly for fire safety and partly because of the
need to limit smoke in the valley.)
Dave Ross, Fish and Wildlife Biologist with the Klamath office, says
that they have experience working together with both the Lomakatsi
Restoration Project and the Natural Resources Conservation Service,
with each organization handling a different aspect of a project, several
of which have successfully occurred here in the Colestin valley in
"All three of us work closely together in partnership fashion
to leverage funding, expertise and programs," Ross says.
He encourages anyone interested to:
David A. Ross
Fish and Wildlife Biologist
Partners for Fish and Wildlife Program
Klamath Falls Fish and Wildlife Office
1936 California Ave.
Klamath Falls, OR 97601
For further information about partner organizations, contact:
FYI: Greyback Forestry,
Inc., contracted by the Lomakatsi Restoration Project
in partnership with the US Fish & Wildlife Service, conducted low-intensity
prescribed fire controlled burns through March, 2014,
on private lands within our district (ONLY when it was considered safe
to do so).
Low-intensity prescribed fire controlled burns are by arrangement with
participating residents as part of a program to reduce woodland fuel
loads through density thinning and slash treatments and to restore oak
For questions or more information, please contact the Lomakatsi Restoration
Project at email@example.com
or call 541-488-0208.
You can also learn more online at lomakatsi.org.
(Note the mention of the Colestin burn on Nov. 1st, 2013,on the Lomakatsi
home page under "News & Events" and the link to details
of the work in the Colestin area with photos at lomakatsi.org/prescribed-fire-colestin-11-1-13/
flyer, "Colestin Valley Prescribed Hand Pile Burn
Notification, Potential Operation Dates: November 2013 through March
2014" (pdf format).
Nov. 2013 flyer, "Colestin Valley Prescribed Fire
Notification," Nov. 1 - 18, 2013, as posted on CRFD's fire danger
sign structure on lower Colestin Rd. (jpg image; allow approx. 30 seconds
"The future of wildfire, and of
hotshot firefighting" - 8/3/13
The above-titled editorial by Bob Sipchen was carried in the Mail Tribune
(Medford, OR) on Saturday, August 3rd, 2013, and was originally published
by the Los Angeles Times on Sun. July 28th. A brief excerpt follows:
"Along with barked orders and the whine of chain saws, the clank
of steel on rock was certainly one of the sounds that rose from a hillside
near Yarnell, Ariz., last month as clouds of superheated smoke roiled
the sky, portending a tragedy . . .
". . . I knew that for the firefighters, at least one thing that
has been offered up as consolation is rooted in truth: They did die
doing what they loved, and part of what they loved was the danger.
"I've come to doubt, however, another often-voiced cliche: 'They
understood the risks.'
"A federal study released this year joins a growing body of literature
connecting the frequency and intensity of wildfires worldwide to the
global climate disruption that we have created by living lives dependent
on the burning of fossil fuels. The Granite Mountain Hotshots may well
have known about this connection. I'm confident that neither hotshots
nor anyone else yet has a clue what it all means for the future of computer-modeled
firefighting strategy, let alone about the multitude of life-or-death
judgment calls firefighters make in any given wildfire."
The complete article may be read on the Los Angeles Times' website at:
(page 1) and http://articles.latimes.com/2013/jul/28/opinion/la-oe-sipchen-fire-hotshots-20130728/2
"Warning: 'These huge fires are the new
normal' - AP, 7/6/13
For those who missed the above article published by the Mail Tribune
(Medford, OR) on July 6th, 2013, a few excerpted bits follow:
"There's a dangerous but basic equation behind Arizona's killer
Yarnell Hill wildfire and other blazes raging across the West this summer:
"More heat, more drought, more fuel and more people in the way
are adding up to increasingly ferocious fires...
"While no single wildfire can be pinned solely on climate change,
researchers say there are signs that fires are becoming bigger and more
common in an increasingly hot and bonedry West...
Wildfires are chewing through twice as many acres per year on average
in the United States compared with 40 years ago...
" 'These huge fires are the new normal,' said John Glenn, chief
of fire operations for the federal Bureau of Land Management. 'Look
at any touchstone - global warming, fuels, invasive species, forest
and rangeland health issues - and then you throw in the urban interface.
It's almost like this perfect mix. What used to be the anomaly is almost
like the normal now.' "
A version of the same story appeared in The Huffington Post on July
Our hearts are with all of those
grieving the loss of the 19 Granite Mountain hotshot firefighters of
Prescott, Arizona, killed on Sunday, June 30th, in
the Yarnell Hill Fire near the central AZ town of Yarnell (northwest
The fire, initially sparked by lightning on Friday, June 28th, blazed
out of control in triple-digit temperatures and erratic, gusty, hot
winds under the state's long-term drought conditions. By Sunday, under
the intense peak heat of the day, an unanticipated major wind shift
from the southeast caused the fire to blow up to an estimated 2,000
acres. The 19 hotshot crew members, trapped with no escape and overtaken,
deployed emergency fire shelters as a last-resort measure; tragically,
there was insufficient time, and the heat was far too unendurable, for
survival. The Yarnell Hill Fire of nearly 9,000 total acres within mere
days is now the deadliest wildfire for firefighters in the U.S. in 80
The CRFD stands in unity with Prescott, its fire department, and its
community in the wake of this horrific event. We solemnly observe, salute,
and honor the courage and bravery of the 19 members of the hot shot
crew and their ultimate sacrifice.
For current information and crew member particulars, see CNN's
The Spring, 2013, Firebrand:
The Fri. April 26th, 2013, edition of the Mail Tribune contained (the)
"Firebrand," a small newspaper insert with
some great fire prevention information. This edition
has really useful, timely articles:
- "Fire Season Forecast for Southwest Oregon"
- "Fuel Reduction for Your Back 40"
- "CERTS Volunteers Doing the Greatest Good"
- "Building Safer Neighborhoods Through Firewise Communities"
- "Middle Applegate Watershed Pilot Project: A Fresh Approach
to Forestry in Southern Oregon"
- ODF fuel reduction programs, fire-resistant plant spotlight, resource
links, and more
In case you missed it, you can check it out on the RVFPC website
(Look under the right-hand navigation column, & scroll down to "Firebrand
A printed copy is also available upon request by:
- calling Brian Ballou (ODF) at 541-664-3328,
- emailing firstname.lastname@example.org,
- writing to: Rogue Valley Fire Prevention Cooperative, P.O.
Box 3301, Central Point, OR. 97502.
The Firebrand is published by the Rogue Valley Fire Prevention
Cooperative, a non-profit group of fire prevention organizations
based in southern Oregon, and "supports the mission of the RVFPC,
and the outreach and education action items in the Jackson County Integrated
Fire Plan... [a]rticles also highlight projects that protect homes and
wildlands from wildfire, and promote healthy, productive wildland environments.
// The Firebrand also supports emergency preparedness for families,
pets and livestock, and provides information about preventing fires
inside the home."
For those who may have missed it, check out this commentary on defensible
space as a crucial strategy for lessening your vulnerability in a wildfire:
wildfires hold a lesson for Oregonians" by Kristin
Babbs, published in the Mail Tribune (Medford), July 24th, 2012. (The
Tribune now allows 3 free guest visits for reading articles if you are
not a subscriber.)
During lightning storms, we rely heavily on the Soda Mountain
fire lookout, staffed for the past 24 years by Ken Struck and
his wife. Situated twelve miles east of Ashland and over 6,000 feet
high, with a bird's-eye view of our district, Ken watches storms, and
tracks lightning hits, smoke, and new fire starts using binoculars and
a firefinder to pinpoint the exact locations.
Soda Mountain is one of ODF's two last full-time manned fire lookouts
in the Southwest Oregon District, as people are replaced by technology
at fire lookout stations. Paul Fattig's article in the Medford Mail
Tribune is a tribute to Ken and the work he does, as well as
an interesting history of the Soda Mountain lookout station.
We in the Colestin-Hilt district continue to greatly appreciate Ken's
watchful presence and long-experienced, knowledgeable assistance from
Soda Mountain, particularly during lightning storms, and in general,
throughout each fire season.
Read Paul Fattig's article " Fire-watcher
era nears end: With cameras increasingly replacing human
lookouts, Ken Struck, who mans the Soda Mountain station, is among the
last of a rare breed." Originally published on Wed. July 28th,
2010, in the Medford Mail Tribune; available
online at: http://www.mailtribune.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20100728/NEWS/7280319.
You may have noticed the large fire safety awareness
signs that have been in rotation on our fire danger indicator
sign structure near Hilt (just south of the CA-OR border) following
the end of the 2011 fire season. (The current sign asks, "Do you
have a fire plan?" with a diagram of possible escape routes.)
These signs were done and donated to our district
by Patty Hood of CalFire. A huge thanks to Patty, for
providing these very visible signs, readable from the road, to enhance
fire safety in our valley!
Food for thought:
Mt. Ashland Ski Area has been raising funds "to recover from
the worst snow year in 20 ski seasons." This is what our local
snowpack was really like last winter [2011-12], despite the water year
report. (Source: The Mail Tribune, Medford, OR., 6/25/12, p. 4A.)
Long-time CRFD member Cheri Avgeris retired in January,
2011,from the Fire District after over 28 years of volunteer service
to our community. A Board member for nearly all of the past 28 years
as well as a firefighter and a First Responder throughout these years,
Cheri later became our Medical Director for the District's First Responder
Emergency Medical Services.
Recently at our annual community picnic, Cheri was given public recognition
and honored for her long years of selflessly dedicated service and commitment
to the District, complementing a commemorative plaque presented to her
by the Board upon her retirement this past year. A brief overview of
Cheri's many contributions is available on our Personnel
Fire Service Appreciation Day: According to
The Communique, Annual Fire Service Appreciation Day is held
in late January every year. In keeping with passage of HJR
25, events are held across the state to recognize and honor the fire
service. HJR 25 'encourages all citizens of Oregon to recognize and
honor our fire service members for their efforts to keep our citizens
safe from the ravages of fire.' Communities across the state have "an
opportunity to host a variety of events recognizing members of their
local fire departments and districts for their dedication, commitment
JACKSON COUNTY FORESTLAND-URBAN INTERFACE CLASSIFICATION COMMITTEE
MEETINGS AND HEARING:
Public meetings followed by a hearing have recently been held
for the purpose of explaining Jackson County Forestland-Urban
Interface Classification Committee's land identification and classification
process, as part of the implementation of the Oregon Forestland-Urban
Interface Fire Protection Act, often referred to as Senate Bill 360.
The Jackson County Forestland-Urban Interface Classification Committee
and the Oregon Department of Forestry sent letters to more than 13,000
landowners within Jackson county informing them of five public meetings
that were held in January 2011. The meetings were to explain the land
identification and classification process performed by the committee,
as required by the Oregon Forestland-Urban Interface Fire Protection
Act, often referred to as Senate Bill 360.
The owners of lots affected by the Oregon Forestland-Urban Interface
Fire Protection Act are required to create fuel breaks around their
homes and other structures to make homes and other buildings more defensible
For further information, see our Rural-Urban
Forest Interface Fire Prevention page.
2010 was the centennial anniversary of 1910's Big Burn, the
firestorm that burned millions of acres in Oregon, Washington, Idaho
and Montana. Also called the Big Blowup of 1910, the
firestorm was the result of multiple fires that started in June and
merged on August 20th, burning three million acres in just twenty-four
hours, and killing 84 people. The U.S. Forest Service headed centennial
commemmorations. You can learn more at: http://www.fs.fed.us/r1/1910-centennial/.
The July-Aug. 2010 issue of AAA's "Via" magazine (p.
17) also has a short article on this.
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Jackson County Integrated Fire Plan
Planned Community Wildfire Meetings are part of countywide wildfire
protection. Discussion topics include information you need to live safely
in wildfire country, the fire planning process, how your neighborhood
can be more wildfire safe, and meeting your local fire service providers.
Representatives from local Jackson County Fire Districts, Oregon Department
of Forestry, Rogue River/Siskiyou National Forest, and Medford BLM attend
For information about any currently planned community meetings,
Randy Iverson, Fire Chief Jackson County Fire District #3 (541) 826-7100
Brian Ballou, Fire Prevention Specialist, Oregon Dept. of Forestry (541)
Neil Benson, Jackson County Integrated Fire Plan (541) 482-4682
Chris Chambers, Wildfire Fuels Reduction Coordinator, Ashland Fire &
Rescue (541) 552-206
ODF's September, 2005, News bulletin as a pdf file.
(This requires Adobe
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UPDATE on the West-Wide Energy Corridor DPEIS
- the Decision & background
The WEST WIDE ENERGY CORRIDOR DPEIS [Draft Programmatic
Environmental Impact Statement]:
UPDATE: In August,
2008, the BLM's Medford district office published a "Record
of Decision and Resource Management Plan" for the Cascade-Siskiyou
National Monument which includes information indicating that the energy
corridor under discussion has been sited near the Klamath area and to
the east of Ashland instead of running through our valley. Copies of this
document are available from the BLM at its Medford District Office, 3040
Biddle Rd., Medford, OR., 97504.
The following concerns
CRFD's position on the federal West-wide
Energy Corridor DPEIS (Draft Programmatic Environmental Impact
Statement), concerning the 3,500-foot wide power corridor that could have
run directly through our district. The public comment period on the draft
plans ended on February 14th, 2008.
At the January, 2008, Board meeting, Lisa [Buttrey] provided the Board
with background information and maps, pointed out issues of concern, and
suggested talking points about this project.
The law allowing for the creation of this project was passed in 2005;
the plan itself was released in mid-November of 2007. The plan is to have
a 2/3rds-mile-wide pipeline/power-line corridor in the Valley. A number
of these corridors are proposed throughout the west to handle the power
sources (propane, gas, etc.) that is needed to keep up with increasing
fuel needs in the country.
After discussion at the January meeting, the Board took the position
that this area is not the best to locate this project. Not only are there
environmental and geological concerns, but also the financial costs of
going through the Siskiyou Mountains would be astronomical. Areas of eastern
Oregon, which are flat and uninhabited, would be a far better place to
locate the project.
The Board passed a motion directing the fire district, as the local agency,
to send a letter outlining these concerns, as the project is currently
proposed. Peggy Moore, as the Board Chair, was appointed to write the
letter on behalf of the District.
The CRFD's letter in response to the West Wide Energy Corridor
January 20, 2008
West-wide Energy Corridor D[P]EIS
9700 S Cass Avenue – Bldg 900, Mail Stop 4
Argonne, IL 60439
Ladies and Gentlemen,
At our January 18th Board of Directors meeting, we passed a unanimous
motion to provide written comments on the proposed Corridor (#4-247)
through the Siskiyou Crest from Oregon into California. As the fire
protection agency that is responsible for this area (for both fire and
emergency medical) we STRONGLY oppose locating the corridor in this
There are a variety of reasons for our concerns but we believe the
environmental, geological and financial arguments are the most salient
and deserve your focused attention.
. The Colestin Valley and Siskiyou Pass area are well known as unstable
in terms of their geology. Siskiyou literally means “moving mountain”.
Slumps, shifts and collapses are fairly frequent in the area. As a result
of one of these natural occurrences the Colestin Valley must now employ
a receiver to rebroadcast telephone signals because the cable was rendered
unusable by earth movement along its route.
. Interstate 5 is a vital transportation highway from Mexico to Alaska.
Many of the trucks using this route on a daily basis carry toxic wastes,
including nuclear waste. In addition, essential supplies of all kinds
are hauled on this route day and night. Accidents happen frequently,
sometimes closing the highway or rending one lane or another impassable.
. This particular stretch along Interste 5 (proposed corridor #4-247)
is the longest stretch of 6% grade on the interstate system. Along with
instability and bottleneck problems, the expense of putting lines across
the Siskiyou Pass would be enormous. There are certainly locations in
the state of Oregon that are flat, have far less interstate traffic
and reside in more geologically stable environments. Areas in sparsely
populated Eastern Oregon might be a consideration.
. The proposal, as we understand it, will make the Klamath River dam
substation a destination for the proposed energy corridor. In doing
so, you are targeting a substation connected to a dam that may soon
be dismantled when court-ordered priority concerns for Klamath River
salmon prevent re-licensing of Klamath River dams.
. The energy corridor segment, which is proposed for California’s
Jenny Creek Falls, is a Redding BLM area of critical environmental concern.
We appreciate that when notified by many concerned citizens you moved
the original 3,500 foot energy corridor out of the Cascade-Siskiyou
National Monument, but we still believe that for the reasons stated
above, putting it in this region at all is a serious mistake.
We are a small, entirely volunteer fire district that, for 25 years,
has provided needed fire and emergency medical services to the residents
of our community. We simply do not have the resources, nor are more
likely to appear, to support a crisis occasioned by a “mega”
corridor .The location of our area makes it difficult (and at times
impossible) for outside agencies to respond in a timely fashion.
We believe, once these facts are reviewed and the costs of locating
the corridor in this area thoroughly researched that [the desirability
of] finding a more geologically friendly, more cost effective and less
populated traffic area will become clear.
We would be happy to provide further information to you on this matter.
Thank you for your attention to our concerns and we hope that you will
find a more hospitable location for this project.
Peggy A. Moore
Colestin Rural Fire District
Board of Directors
c. Chief Avgeris
The comment period ended February 14th, 2008. Thank you to all
those of you who submitted your comments to the West-wide Energy Corridor
For further information, see the West Side Energy Corridor website:
For a more complete, easy-to-understand summary of the plan
as it may affect us locally, together with issues to consider, maps, and
further information, see the (PDF-format) article "West-wide
Energy Corridors Routes Planned," published in the Jan.-Feb.
2008 issue of The Colestin Valley Buzz, and re-published
here with publisher Lisa Buttrey's permission.
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Community Wildfire Protection Plan (CWPP) News:
In June, 2005, the Fire Plan Committee (John Ames, Elaine Shanafelt,
and Lisa Buttrey) completed and released the Colestin-Hilt Community
Wildfire Protection Plan (CWPP) that was in the works for over
a year. In addition to a public presentation of the main points of the
plan by Committee Chair and Coordinator Lisa Buttrey at the community
barbeque on Saturday, June 18th, the plan is now available in detail here
on our site, through our Colestin-Hilt
Community Wildfire Protection Plan (CWPP) page.
"The completed plan," according to Lisa Buttrey,
"has an Intro section, a Description section, a brief 'Risks' section,
and finally the meat of the document in the last section, 'The Action
Plan,' followed by the 'Appendices.' "The Action Plan gives detailed
ideas for things to do and calls for volunteers to do them. [We] hope
to get a few 'Action' items assigned to willing takers (from outside
the fire department proper!)."
The Plan has an enormous wealth of information in it, and
reflects a tremendous amount of time, extensive research, many meetings
with other fire agency and county officials, and hard work. The result
is a document that provides a working plan of action for our community
to pro-actively achieve a much better level of fire prevention and protection
and disaster preparedness than we have ever known. We are also now in
compliance, ahead of schedule, and coordinated with the County's new regional
fire plan. Check
out the Plan on our CWPP page.
Also of interest are some very interesting articles
that were edited out of the final CWPP: "Geology of the Districts,"
a summary by local resident Russell Juncal, and according to Lisa, "very
readable for all residents." The second is "Fire Regimes,
Fire History and Forest Conditions in the Klamath-Siskiyou Region: An
Overview and Synthesis of Knowledge, by Evan J. Frost and Rob
Sweeney. Lisa states that this is "a scientific paper, quite lengthy
at 59 pages, but full of info about fire history, fire regimes, suppression
history, logging impact on fire, etc." A third article that was not
considered part of the official plan but that is also relevant is a Homeowner's
Safety Checklist from the Fire Safe Council. All
of these articles are now available through our CWPP page as well.
Josephine County's Plan, by comparison:
On January 18, 2006, the Oregon Dept. of Forestry announced in a press
release that Josephine County's Integrated Fire Plan has been awarded
statewide recognition: "Josephine County was recently chosen to receive
the 2005 Partners for Disaster Resistance and Resilience Outstanding Natural
Hazards Mitigation Plan. Josephine County was recognized for the collaborative
planning effort that resulted in the Josephine County Integrated Fire
Plan..." To learn more about how our neighboring
county has prepared a fire plan that has now been recognized throughout
the state of Oregon, read the full text of ODF's
Josephine County Integrated Fire Plan press release (Jan.
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CWPP Phone Tree and Road Signage Projects
The "New & Improved Emergency Phone
Tree" and Road Signage are two other developments related
to our Community Wildfire Protection Plan. Read
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We need to continue to be aware of cougars near our homes.
For updated details on local cougar attacks, information on cougar behavior,
and safety tips for cougar encounters, see our community
SPECIAL NOTE: Dead deer have been found in our area,
due to a virus disease. If you find one, the OR. Dept. of Fish & Wildlife
requests that you report it to Steve Neimela at (541) 826-8774 x239. See
our community forum page for details.
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