Citizen Fire Watch

I really hate that I have to “patrol” my area for yahoos, but I am beginning to realize it is part and parcel of living up here, and if I don’t want to face a fire this year, I have to keep an eye on the yahoos. I had several opportunities today.

First, I headed down the hill, and spotted this:

I was only mildly upset, because they had driven through my favorite meadow, and totally screwed up the wildflowers for next year, despite the signs.

And then I saw this – look into the center, and see the hatchet and wood for a fire.

Then I had to stop and tell them that a fire was a no-no, and what the consequences would be. I also stopped by the USFS, and showed them the photos. They promised to go up and speak with the campers, and I am sure they did. Thank you USFS!

Even though they were still camped in the meadow, they did not have any evidence of wood and hatchets, around. But that is not the end of the story of Citizen Fire Watch. More tomorrow.

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  1. Right below this post was this ad: “Fire Safety Resources
    coloring books, pencils, hats, etc. use promo code SHP for $2.95 S/H”…don’t know if the ad is the same all the time or not…thought it was interesting. Guess they “target” words in posts….

    Kudos to you Kate. My ‘responsibility’ in my ‘neighborhood’ is abandoned and loose animals (amazing how little people here care for their animals)…AND looking out for fire! People are STILL (every night) shooting off fireworks, and we’ve had very little rain lately. The grasses are beginning to dry out, so there’s fuel. It’s only a matter of time. I’ve packed my evac bag and piled the other stuff together to take if/when necessary.

    And that’s a point: I am amazed when doing my pet/house sitting at how many people havn’t given any thought to important things in case of emergency and/or evacuation. It is extremely important when living in a fire or flood prone area to keep important papers (and any other important thing) together, preferably in a handled container. And if there are animals, their carriers should be handy, along with emergency rations of food and water for them.

    I’m sure you know this Kate, but I thought I’d post it here for people who may not have thought of it.

    I keep a list on my wall of what I need to grab if we need to evac (it’s hard to remember everything in the “heat” of an emergency), and I keep some things in my truck during the dry season. We’ve had 3 brush fires right here in this community (two right behind the house), and many large ones in the area.

    Again: Kudos to you for taking responsibility!! Now if just our leaders would! 😉

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