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Posted by: Kim_Hamilton on 04/24/2008 10:36 PM Updated by: Kim_Hamilton on 04/24/2008 11:10 PM
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Community is Invited to Discuss Disaster Preparedness

Sonora, CA....Fire Safe Council President Jerry Tannhauser today announced that on Thursday, May 1, the Highway 108 FireSafe Council is inviting homeowners in the Twain Harte area, to meet and discuss fire protection, emergency preparedness, and fire prevention measures needed to protect life, property, and resources from wildland fires. The subject area includes public and private land accessed by Middle Camp, North Tuolumne, Twain Harte Drive, and Joaquin Gully Roads, and California State Highway 108.....

The open public meeting is scheduled to be held at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, May 1, 2008 at the Twain Harte Community Center-American Legion Post 681 at 18755 Manzanita Road, cross of Cresta, (off Joaquin Gully Road behind the car wash) in Twain Harte. The purpose of the meeting is to provide private landowners and local fire agency officials the opportunity to discuss, consider, and form a strategic planning link that connects disaster preparedness, fire protection, emergency access routes, defensible space around homes, and additional fire prevention measures to support agency firefighting efforts.

Steve Boyack, Tuolumne County Office of Emergency Services Coordinator, will lead a discussion on pre-disaster planning in advance of large fires or other major incidents. The presentation will feature family disaster planning, emergency go-kit preparation, and the public emergency notification process. The program’s focus will include an explanation about the implementation of evacuation advisories, warnings, and mandatory orders when local communities are threatened by wildfires. The program will also cover the County Office of Emergency Services relationship to the Red Cross and the activation of evacuation relief centers and services during disasters.

At the meeting the FireSafe Council will be seeking ideas and comments from residents in the communities of Twain Harte, Crystal Falls, Cedar Ridge, Comstock Ranch, Sugar Pine, Sherwood Forest, and surrounding area to help fire agencies better identify the existing wildland fire danger present on public lands administered by the Forest Service (FS), and adjacent private property located within the county and state responsibility area protected by the Tuolumne County Fire Department, California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection, and direct protection area of the USDA Forest Service.

These mountain communities and the general area surrounding them consist of private land located in the wildland-urban interface (WUI), with portions bordering FS land. The area is considered a priority concern due to the level of flammable vegetation, adjacent homes, and the threat to life, property, and other values at risk due to the high potential for large and damaging wildlfires. The public is asked to help agency officials identify priority areas for strategic fuel reduction projects, generally located on private land adjacent to federally administered lands and surrounding communities.

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