In 2018, when the local Fire Safe Council was officially organized, the consensus was there was a dangerous wildland fire in the future of Three Rivers, fueled by a warming climate. If, as a community, we garnered grants, completed a risk assessment plan, and stepped up the property clearance we might be prepared to dodge the inevitable bullet. Is Three Rivers ready
But the tinder-dry landscape and the fact that Three Rivers is surrounded by parched public lands, the risk for catastrophic fire is accelerating at a feverish pace. Fire season is year-round now. In fact, with more than two months left to go in 2020, when conditions exist for the most serious fires, more than 2.4 million acres has already gone up in smoke in California setting a new all-time high for acreage burned.
To give an example of how the fire danger is accelerating, in 2015 the Rough Fire, burning in mostly Fresno County national forest land, burned 150,000 acres in three months. The Creek Fire, which started in the Huntington Lake area of Fresno County on September 4, burned 150,000 acres in four days. Is Three Rivers ready
Three Rivers, with a good reputation for property clearance and fire safety, is making steady progress in its goal to become a “fire adapted” community. Is Three Rivers ready
Local efforts to become fire adapted are being led by the Three Rivers Fire Safe Council. During an unprecedented smoke event this week, 3R News sat down with Steve and Elizabeth LaMar to dispel evacuation rumors and to begin a series of on-going interviews on what’s on the FSC agenda and how Three Rivers can be prepared for the inevitable fire emergency. i i i i i i i i i i
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