Summer is here. Hopefully all of our residents and visitors will use the proper safety measures when enjoying their summertime activities. Please adhere to Public Resource Code and Local Fire Ordinance regulations regarding vegetation on lots and around homes- these mitigations are critical for our fire suppression force in the event of a wildfire. Our Personal Flotation Device (PFD) Loaner Program is available for everyone enjoying a favorite water adventure in the district. We hope to see everyone at one of the many special events in our community during the summer months.
2015 certainly impacted our state with one of the most significant wildfire seasons of our time in large part due to back-to-back years of drought in the West. Our agency participated in fire engine strike teams and fire line paramedic deployments throughout the summer. The most challenging fire was without a doubt the Butte Fire this past September. The Fire consumed over 70,000 acres and destroyed nearly 500 homes in our county. Our District participated in the Butte Fire Operations and prepared for it to enter into our jurisdiction-we were fortunate it did not. Now as the incident continues into a recovery process we hope all that are impacted recover swiftly.
Respectfully, Michael Johnson, Fire Chief