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AFSC Releases Request for Proposals (RFPs) for Fall 2022 Implementation

Vegetation Management Scheduled for this Fall
The Amador Fire Safe Council (AFSC) has several projects that will be implemented this fall. Projects include shaded fuel break development and roadside clearing to improve ingress and egress.

The AFSC has released three request for proposals and hopes to select contractors for these projects by the end of September.

The Request for Proposals (RFPs) for all three projects are available here on the ‘Employment Page’ of the AFSC website: www.amadorfiresafe.org/employment

Proposals must be received by September 28th; each of the three projects has a pre-proposal site visit for contractors. Review the RFPs for dates and RSVP details.

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Pine Acres Fuel Break and Defensible Space Critical to Saving Structures During the Electra Fire

During the July 7th Electra Fire Evening Briefing Operations Section Chief, Jeremy Pierce, answered the question: “Were any homes lost?” His answer showcases the important work our community is doing before a wildfire occurs to keep our County safe, saving homes and lives. Jeremy Pierce answered the question by saying  “No – but it’s really a direct reflection of the communities.  As I drove around this fire I was amazed at the shaded fuel breaks, the defensible space around each one of these homes, which played a HUGE role in firefighters gaining access to these homes, preventing fire from getting into these neighborhoods and preventing any structural loss whatsoever.  So kudos to those neighborhoods who spent the time doing defensible space – it was tremendous for us.” (Time stamp 20 minutes, 13 seconds) ELECTRA FIRE 7:00 PM Evening Briefing, July 7 2022 – Link to Full Briefing Video | Facebook The fuel break Chief Pierce is referring to is the Pine Acres Fuel Break which the AFSC, CALFIRE, and PG&E worked with private landowners to construct back in 2012-2015.  The same fuel break helped to keep the 2015 Butte Fire out of Amador County.  The AFSC currently has grant funding to do maintenance work on this fuel break which is anticipated to start in Fall 2022. Thank you to our communities for doing the work to maintain defensible space and help implement landscape scale fuel breaks like the Pine Acres Fuel Break.   If you’re looking for some local education opportunities to learn about defensible space, forest health, and fuel reduction practices check out these upcoming workshops for more information.

  • “Fire-Adapted Landscapes and Wildfire Preparation” Workshop, August 8, 2022 2:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. Pine Grove Town Hall 19889 Hwy. 88, Pine Grove For more information and to register: www.ucanr.edu/jacksonwatershed
  • Forest Stewardship Virtual 9 week Training Course August 24th- October 19th, online workshop once per week. $60Registration information can be found at http://ucanr.edu/forestryworkshops/. For additional information or questions, please contact Kim Ingram at kcingram@ucanr.edu.

AFSC Releases 3 Request for Proposals (RFPs)

Vegetation Management Scheduled for this Fall

The Amador Fire Safe Council (AFSC) has several projects that will be implemented this fall. With a devastating fire season in California the importance of vegetation management projects are highlighted. Projects include shaded fuel break development and roadside clearing to improve ingress and egress.

The AFSC has released three request for proposals and hopes to select contractors for these projects by the end of September. To read more about the AFSC current projects, check out the AFSC Current Projects Page.

The Request for Proposals (RFPs) for all three projects are available here on the ‘Employment Page’ of the AFSC website:  www.amadorfiresafe.org/employment

Proposals must be received by September 23rd; each of the three projects has a pre-proposal site visit for contractors. Review the RFPs for dates and RSVP details.

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Photo demonstrations roadside clearing work in Amador County.

CAL Fire Launches new Ready for Wildfire App

NEW Ready for Wildfire App!

Being Ready for Wildfire has never been easier with CAL FIRE’s new Ready for Wildfire app. This new tool puts a whole library of step-by-step checklists in the palm of the user’s hand. It allows homeowners to track their progress while creating Defensible Space, hardening their homes with fire-resistant construction, assembling an emergency supply kit and creating a family communication and evacuation plan. App users, with the tap of a finger, can check off each step and see their progress as they reach 100% Ready!

While being a great educational tool, the Ready for Wildfire app also provides critical wildfire alerts. Users can sign-up for customized alerts that will send a text or push notification to their device when a CAL FIRE is responding or assisting to a wildfire in their area. Additionally, users can set up alerts for single counties, multiple counties, or statewide. If a user travels or enjoys recreating in forested areas, CAL FIRE has that covered, too! The app lets users enable an alert system to notify them if a wildfire is reported within 30 miles of their device.

“One of the many benefits of our new Ready for Wildfire app is the timely and accurate information it provides to residents about a wildfire in their area,” said Chief Ken Pimlott, CAL FIRE director and California’s state forester. “I am excited about this new valuable tool that will provide early alerts to the public to help ensure their safety.”

Now through May 21, 2017, users can enter the Ready for Wildfire Sweepstakes for a chance to win up to $10,000 when they download or update the app! The grand prize winner will be able to purchase home hardening materials to prepare their home against wildfire and flying embers that can travel up to a mile ahead of a wildfire. This sweepstakes promotion is sponsored and funded by iHeartMedia in partnership with the Ready for Wildfire campaign. No state funds were used for prizes.

To download the app, visit the App Store or the Google Play Store – search for CAL FIRE and install. You are now on your way to becoming Ready for Wildfire.

For more resources visit ReadyForWildfire.org or follow us on Facebook or Twitter @CAL_FIRE