Local Fire Safe Councils

Overview

Fire safe councils (FSCs) are voluntary organizations that typically consist of local concerned citizens, representatives from state and federal fire agencies, and local fire districts and fire protection organizations who share a common, vested interest in wildfire prevention and loss mitigation. FSCs form to enhance the effectiveness of fire protection and prevention by securing grant funds and volunteer support for fire hazard reduction projects and performing community fire-safety education. Communities that organize themselves into FSCs and participate in a community wildfire protection plan (CWPP) and/or Firewise Communities/USA® process give themselves a competitive advantage for securing grant funds, particularly federal funding through the California FSC. FSCs also provide the ideal forum for communities to discuss, analyze, and solve fire-related issues before they become a crisis. They also provide opportunities for local jobs, community partnerships, and wide-spread community involvement. To learn more about forming and sustaining a FSC go to the California FSC website.

There are six local FSCs in Humboldt County, in addition to the County FSC. These FSCs are developing local CWPPs and Firewise® community assessments and action plans. They have also been successful in securing funding for and implementing hazardous fuels reduction projects within their local communities. These groups have also organized many community events raising awareness in their community about preparing for wildfire. FSCs secure funding and volunteer support for programs that educate residents and provide resources for steps that can be taken to help firefighters locate residents’ homes and gain access to fire protection water. The following table lists currently active local FSCs and their contact information and the map below illustrates their areas of operation.

Fire Safe Council Name

Formation Date

Contact Information

Orleans/Somes Bar FSC

2001

Will Harling (530) 627-3202
mail@mkwc.org
www.mkwc.org/programs/firefuels/index.html

Southern Humboldt FSC


2002

Bill Eastwood (707) 923-9109
bille@asis.com
www.newforestry.org/shfsc/

Lower Mattole FSC 

2002

Ian Sigman or Ali Freedlund 
(707) 629-3514 
firesafe@mattole.org 

Van Duzen Watershed FSC

2004

Jean-Louis Carmona (707) 496-4530 
jlc4660@gmail.com

Crooked Prairie FSC

2005

Kathy Weber (707) 986 7705 
kw@asis.com 

Willow Creek FSC

2007

Barbara Darst (707) 499-0767
admin@willowcreekfsc.org
www.willowcreekfsc.org