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Greens Planted Seeds For "Perfect Storm" Fire Scenario in Victoria State

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The Australian reports many local townships and homeowners failed to heed warnings concerning defensible space. Despite pleas from local bushfire experts area “greens” designed new housing developments with complete disregard for fire. In fact in some cases homeowners were required to plant trees and vegetation close to their homes. Their guidance was “trees being the […]

Cachagua Valley Visit, Post Basin Complex

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I had to see the country. Years ago I fought fire on the “front” or ocean side of the Basin Complex burn area. Twice we brought crews down from Santa Cruz County late in the afternoon and scraped lines around fires burning on million dollar view sites. Nothing like a beautiful Pacific Ocean sunset as […]

Great Hinckley Firestorm; History As a Reminder

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I caught a column in our local paper this Sunday written by Daniel James Brown. Daniel is the Author of “Under a Flaming Sky,” a book detailing the historic Hinckley Fire, a fire that took the life of his great grandfather. Daniel suggests we can expect more wildland fires like the Angora Fire due to […]

Prepare Your Property For Fire Season

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It’s the time of year Western home owners should address compliance with vegetation clearance ordinances. Fire Safe California’s do it yourself page offer tips and links for proper vegetation clearance.More than anything the clearance issue is a safety issue for fire service personnel. If you don’t clear your property don’t expect fire crews to waste […]