Time to think fire safety

The University of California Cooperative Extension in Northeastern California is interested in how residents are preparing for wildfire.  Residents are asked to consider taking 15 to 20 minutes to participate in a survey to inform the extension about how residents and communities are preparing for wildfire.

According to a statement from the extension, “This will help inform our counties and our partners on what communities are doing to prepare for wildfire and how best we can tailor programs to best serve local residents. You can access the voluntary survey here: UC Cooperative Extension Wildfire Preparedness Survey.”

 

Home hardening and wildfire preparedness webinar

The extension hosts a free home hardening webinar with Dr. Stephen Quarles, U.C. Cooperative Extension Advisor Emeritus and retired senior scientist for Insurance Institute for Business and Safety from 4 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, June 30. Quarles is one of the leading experts on how homes ignite and burn.  Register at  ucanr.edu/wildfire_prep.

 

Forest stewardship workshop

In September the extension hosts Northeastern California session of the Forest Stewardship workshop for small non-industrial private forest landowners who are interested in harvesting timber and/or managing their forestland.

The goal of the workshop is to educate landowners about forest stewardship, guide them through the process of developing a California Cooperative Forest Management Plan and connect them with local professional foresters and resources to better manage their lands.  Details and registration can be found at ucanr.edu/forestryworkshops/.

 

The survey is broken into four primary sections:

  • About your community.
  • Home hardening.
  • Defensible space.
  • Evacuation preparedness.

According to the statement, “Your participation in the survey is voluntary and answers to the survey will be anonymous. The results will only be reported as summaries and will be shared in an aggregate form via reports, peer-reviewed publications and conference presentations. If you agree to voluntarily participate in this research project as described, indicate your consent by completing the survey.”

This research is being led by a collaboration of UC Cooperative Extension Advisors:

  • Ryan Tompkins, U.C. Cooperative Extension Forestry and Natural Resources Advisor for Plumas, Lassen, and Sierra counties; retompkins@ucanr.edu; 283-6125.
  • Tracy Schohr, U.C. Cooperative Extension Livestock and Natural Resources Advisor for Butte, Plumas, and Sierra counties; tkschohr@ucanr.edu; 283-6262; and,
  • Laura Snell, U.C. Cooperative Extension County Director and Livestock & Natural Resources Advisor for Modoc County; lksnell@ucanr.edu; 233-6400.

For more information regarding this study or if would like to be informed of the results when the study is completed, contact Tompkins at rtompkins@ucanr.edu or 283-6125.

If you have concerns regarding the manner in which the study is conducted, contact the U.C. Davis Internal Review Board at (916) 703-9158 or HS-IRBeducation@ucdavis.edu.

The IRB ID for this survey is 1601859-1.