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by Samantha Hinrichs
on November 16, 2018 at 8:37 AM
I'd be interested in hosting or attending a private property prescribed burn workshop in my area of Nevada City. As a former volunteer fire fighter I know how important it is for safety and forest health to burn our land.  
Samantha
by Jeannette E. Warnert
on November 16, 2018 at 2:57 PM
Here is a comment we received from Steve Johnson:  
 
As a property owner in Georgetown I am very concerned of a catastrophic fire destroying our community. I would be interested in attending a burn at Blodgett.
by Ray Griffiths
on November 16, 2018 at 5:39 PM
I too am a long time resident of Georgetown and would like to attend any burns at Blodgett.
by Kathleen Smith
on November 17, 2018 at 12:39 PM
I agree that fire is a good tool and natural to the Sierra Nevadas, but as much of the western slope is in an unnaturally dense state, we need to be careful to make sure that people understand they can't just put fire into the forest anywhere! In many instances there needs to be mechanical work done before to thin things out and reduce the fuel load before fire can be a safe and useful tool. Please stress that. I think the idea of community wide projects, whether they be mechanical work or prescribed fire, is a great idea so that fuel loads are reduced over a broader landscape rather than just a hit and miss patchwork.
by Susie Kocher
on November 19, 2018 at 5:10 PM
Hi Samantha, Ray and Steve,  
 
If you send me an email at sdkocher@ucanr.edu I'll make sure to put you on the announcement list for the next set of Rx workshops.  
 
Thanks also for your comment Kathleeen. Yes, we do cover the effects of treatments and how the outcomes look when treated with fire or mechanical means or both. I totally agree that we need a lot of action at the community wide scale.
by Sharon Sawtelle
on November 23, 2018 at 10:34 AM
Burning is an old tool but triggers a lot of anxiety from those who live in or close to the forest. Positive information and using resources to assure some control will help. Also a successful plan for timber harvesting could help with the cost.It  
is so encouraging to know that serious plans are being initiated at last.  
When I was a child and the elderly neighbor refused to evacuate.my mom and my three siblings stayed with until "Charlie comes home from the mill." The fire turned at the last hour, Being the only family to not evacuate was a dubious honor.
 
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