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Higgins Fire District

Higgins Fire District Calendar

Annual Property Clearance Notice / Reminder

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Clearance Requirements

  • 100’ clearance around ALL structures. Two Zones:
    • Zone 1 – 30’ from the structure, remove ALL combustible fuels
    • Zone 2 – extends to 100’ out from structures. Reduce ALL combustible fuels.
  • 10’ clearance around ALL property lines
  • 10’ clearance around stovepipe/chimney outlets
  • 10’ clearance around LPG tanks
  • Reduction of excessive accumulation of fuel declared to be a fire hazard
  • Remove all dead limbs overhanging any structures
  • Remove lower limbs of all non-ornamental trees to at least 6’ from ground
  • Clear roof of all combustible vegetation and debris

For more information:

Defensible Space

Hardening Your Home

CERT Fire Extinguisher Training

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Recently Captain Jarrett Grassl and Firefighter Madison Hampton taught the Community Emergency Response TEAM (CERT) trainees how to use a fire extinguisher.

LOP is sponsoring this training for its residents and staff. The GM, public safety officers, and various other staff as well as concerned residents are attending these sessions.

CERT members are trained to provide basic: search and rescue, medical triage, first aid, and fire suppression. In the aftermath of a large disaster these trained volunteers might well be the first persons to arrive to help their neighbors, perhaps minutes to even hours before professional first responders can make their way to the many people and sites that could be affected.

The CERT motto is, "Doing the greatest good for the greatest number of people."

Kuddos to the leadership of LOP for proactively readying their community for better survival in a disaster scenario. And thanks to our dedicated firefighters in assisting this training. Also, thanks to the County Public Health, OES and High School District staff who have conducted this training.

Wildfire Awareness Week

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Each year, California highlights the importance of wildfire prevention and preparedness by declaring the first full week of May as “Wildfire Awareness Week.” According to the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (Cal FIRE), last year, California suffered through 9,133 wildfires that burned an area of 1,381,405 acres. Those fires included some of the most destructive in the state’s history, destroying huge areas of forests, grass lands, and structures as well as loss of life.

Approximately 95 percent of all wildfires are sparked by people, which means almost all wildfires are preventable. Here are some basic ways to stop a wildfire before it starts:

  • Use outdoor powered equipment before 10 a.m. and never on hot and windy days.
  • Do not use a lawn mower or weed trimmer with a metal blade to clear dead or dying grass.
  • Make sure your vehicle is properly maintained with nothing dragging on the ground like trailer safety chains.
  • Always follow “No Burn” orders and check Burn Day status before lighting a debris fire.
  • Don’t burn campfires, debris, or rubbish unless you stay by the fire and have adequate means to extinguish it immediately. "If you light it, be ready to fight it."

Why Wildfires Have Gotten Worse and What We Can Do About It

Why wildfires have gotten worse and what we can do about it -

Megafires are fires that burn more than 100,000 acres, and they are on the rise in the western United States. They are the direct result of unintentional yet massive changes we've brought to the forests through a century of misguided management.

What steps can we take to avoid further destruction? Forest ecologist Paul Hessburg confronts some tough truths about wildfires and details how we can help restore the natural balance of the landscape.

Take a look at this TED talk on Why Wildfires have goton worse and how we can stop them.

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