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The Pleasant Valley Grange Fire Safe Council began as a concept acted upon by the Pleasant Valley Grange #675 to unite with the California Fire Safe Council and other Californians to speak with one voice about fire safety. In June, the council organized to become the very first Fire Safe Council established by a grange within the state of California. The inaugural event occurred on Sunday, Aug. 18 with free hot dogs and great raffle prizes donated by several local supporting businesses.
It was a memorable day with smoke-filled air and an eerie orange-looking sky. Just prior to the meeting, we received a surprise with the arrival of special guests from the U.S. Forest Service — the actual innovators and driving force of the new “One Less Spark, One Less Wildfire” National Campaign. Truly, it was the “Inspiration Team” with members from the Shasta/Trinity National Forest, Lassen/Modoc National Forest, Prescott and Coconino national forests in Arizona, and Cal Fire. A special “thanks” goes to Tonya Blassingame from our Eldorado National Forest, who coordinated this visit.
Other supporting agencies and organization representatives were from El Dorado County Fire District, EDC Office of Emergency Services, neighboring Grizzly Flats Fire Safe Council, El Dorado County and Logtown Fire Safe councils and El Dorado Irrigation District.
The Pleasant Valley Grange Fire Safe Council’s vision is to provide help to rural residents within the Pleasant Valley region and surrounding areas to become more fire safe through education and individual, neighborhoods, developments and partnering stakeholder fuel reduction projects. Our mission is increasing awareness and personal action to reduce fire fuel hazards. The bottom line: Fire doesn’t recognize property lines, and as a larger community we must be prepared to react quickly and responsibly against the real threat of catastrophic wildfire.
Grange membership is not a requirement to participate in the Fire Safe Council and monthly meetings are held on the third Sunday of each month at the Pleasant Valley Grange Hall. To learn more about fire safety and to become involved, visit pvgrange.org or e-mail [email protected]
Pleasant Valley Grange Fire Safe Council