Evacuation do’s and don’ts
Last Wednesday (September 9), when the LaMars, Three Rivers Fire Safe Council principals, were interviewed by 3RNews they hadn’t an inkling of how quickly things on the West Zone of the Castle Fire could change. After scorching nine miles of forest in 24 hours over the weekend, by Monday, September 14, they had joined their South Fork neighbors in a mandatory evacuation. And now the unthinkable — the rest of Three Rivers (North Fork, and Main Fork, along with the Ash Mountain headquarters of Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks might be next to be evacuated.
In this Part 2 of the September 9 interview, Elizabeth LaMar who brought the Fire Safe Council to Three Rivers, reveals how critical it is to educate ourselves and be prepared. The LaMars outline the FSC agenda for 2021, explain the grants Three Rivers will be receiving and, what we must do to become a fire adapted community.
Don’t panic, have your go-bag packed and pay attention to alerts that are available through text, email, or a convenient CALFIRE app. As to “home hardening,” an FSC home evaluation team will come assess your property and give you a checklist of what needs to be done.
“We’ll tell you what you need to do to help your home survive a wildland fire,” Steve LaMar said. “It’s all simple, common sense stuff… the risk of fire season is not going away.”
For now, let’s all just survive this one.