Lassen Fire Safe Council hosts no-cost seminars fire safety seminars — Saturday in Westwood, Sunday in Doyle


Northern California residents just experienced the driest February in 128 years, and drought conditions are worsening across the state. Now is the time to prepare, so the Lassen Fire Safe Council presents a series of workshops across Lassen, Modoc and Shasta counties to help residents prepare — including one this Saturday, April 23, in Westwood and another Sunday in Doyle.

Residents can learn how to make their homes and communities safer from wildfires by attending one of these no-cost seminars presented by the Lassen Fire Safe Council. In a series of expert-led, one- and two-day training sessions, the LFSC, supported by grant funding from the Pacific Gas and Electric Company, will help residents learn how to recognize and reduce wildfire hazards around the home using the latest fire science findings.

The interactive, catered workshops will be presented by nationally recognized wildfire expert Pat Durland with support from local fire safety officials, including LFSC Managing Director Tom Esgate and LFSC Education Coordinator Dan Douglas, a community wildfire risk assessment specialist. In a friendly, informative setting, they will explain how to assess the potential for fire damage to your home and landscape, minimize the risk of ignition and create a fire-resilient home and community.

The massive wildfires of recent years have shown that wildland fire agencies have largely been unable to reduce wildland/urban interface destruction through traditional fire response procedures. Recent research shows how wildland fires ignite homes, often by embers that can travel long distances.  Durland will explain the latest wildfire research and how new fire prevention tactics can significantly reduce fires in the wildland-urban interface.

RSVP to the LFSC via email at, or by telephone at 251-5560.

Schedule details
9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Saturday, April 23.
Westwood Community Center, Ash and Third streets, Westwood.
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9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Sunday, April 24.
Doyle Community Center, 434-685 Doyle Loop, Doyle.

Day Lassen Bench (two-day workshop)
5 p.m. to 9 p.m. Friday, June 3.
9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Saturday, June 4.
McArthur Volunteer Fire Department Fire Hall, 299 Day Road, McArthur.

Clear Creek/Hamilton Branch
9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday, June 5.
Hamilton Branch Fire Department, 3791 Big Springs Road, Hamilton Branch.

Shingletown (two-day workshop)
5 p.m. to 9 p.m. Friday, June 10.
9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.  Saturday, June 11.
Camp McCumber, 35440 Deer Flat Road, Shingletown.

For more information, email Selina Topete at or call 251-5560.