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Northstate Fire Safe Councils Prepare for Wildfire Season

Published On: Jan 24 2013 05:49:33 PM CST   Updated On: Jan 24 2013 07:44:34 PM CST
REDDING, Calif. -

Fire season normally doesn't begin until June, but in the Northstate you can never be too prepared.

Local communities are joining together with firefighters to try and keep the summer months as quiet as possible. The Shasta County Fire Safe Council meets quarterly and is made up of local community members who help plan, fund, and implement several fuel reduction projects to help prevent wildfires in the Northstate.

The council serves as a hub to bring all private and public land owners to the table to compare ideas and strategies. California board member Frank Stewert said it's never too late to fire-ready your home.

"Fire protection starts from the inside out, and the inside is your home. It gives the opportunity for the individual and the family to sit down and develop their own home fire plan, be part of a community fire plan, which is part of a county fire plan."

The fire council wants everyone to be fire wise and wants to stress the importance of being fire-ready year-round. Don Weidlein, a member of one of the local fire safe councils in Shasta County said his neighborhood came together to prepare for wildfires.

"In our neighborhood on Hyland Circle we work together to create defensible space and it makes the whole community safer."

A major goal of the fire council is to construct fuel breaks that provide a safer area for homeowners and firefighters. During the Ponderosa fire the fuel breaks helped keep the fire from burning toward Manton, and instead forced the blaze to burn to the east.

If you'd like to get involved in a fire safe council, visit the Shasta County Fire Safe Council website.