No-cost seminars offer expert advice, training to prepare for fire season

Residents in Lassen, Modoc and Shasta counties can learn how to make their homes and communities safer from wildfires by attending no-cost seminars with the Lassen Fire Safe Council. In a series of expert-led, one- and two-day training sessions, the LFSC in association with the Pacific Gas and Electric Co. 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.

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The first seminar will be held in Susanville on April 8 and 9 and residents are invited to have a bite to eat with the experts as they listen and learn. Space is limited, so residents are encouraged to RSVP to one of the fire-resiliency workshops, below.

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

Susanville, Two-day workshop
5 to 9 p.m. Friday, April 8
Industrial Building, Lassen County Fairgrounds, 195 Russell Ave., Susanville.

9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Saturday, April 9
Industrial Building, Lassen County Fairgrounds, 195 Russell Ave., Susanville.

Westwood/Pinetown
9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Saturday, April 23
Westwood Community Center, Ash and Third streets, Westwood.

Doyle  
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
McArthur Volunteer Fire Department Fire Hall, CA-299 Day Road, McArthur
9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Saturday, June 4
McArthur Volunteer Fire Department Fire Hall, CA-299 Day Road, McArthur

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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 (2-day workshop)    
5 to 9 p.m. Friday, June 10
Camp McCumber 35440 Deer Flat Rd., Shingletown
9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Saturday,  June 1
Camp McCumber 35440 Deer Flat Rd., Shingletown.

For more information, contact Selina Topete at [email protected] (email preferred) or call 251-5560.