Local Fire Safe Councils
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. Some FSCs maintain their own local CWPPs, while others choose to use their area's Planning Unit Action Plan (Part 4 of the countywide CWPP) as their guiding document. Many also maintain Firewise® community assessments and action plans. These groups have been successful in securing funding for and implementing hazardous fuels reduction projects within their local communities. They have also organized many events focused on informing their community about wildfire preparedness. A major function of most FSCs is to 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. The map below illustrates their areas of operation.
|Fire Safe Council Name||Formation Date||
Will Harling (530) 627-3202
Bill Eastwood (707) 923-9109
Ian Sigman or Ali Freedlund
|Van Duzen Watershed FSC||2004||Lyn Javier
Kathy Weber (707) 986 7705
Barbara Darst (707) 499-0767