Take a critical look at your property, then here are resources to get you started.
OTFSC will be "Bustin' some Brush" on Saturday, June 19th between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. One of the biggest problems in the mountain is the continuous brush. The foresters who have been conducting the FREs (Fire Risk Evaluations) all agree that continuous brush is present and a danger on almost every property the have evaluated so far. So what does one do to "break it up" other than just eliminate it? Join us on Saturday June 19, between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. and you may get some answers. We encourage volunteers as well as spectators for this event.
"Bustin' some Brush" will be a hand clearance demonstration and education event at the Central Sierra Chamber of Commerce in Pinehurst. This event will be hosted by Oak to Timberline Fire Safe Council, Sierra Resource Conservation District, and volunteers will represent some or all of the following organizations; United Way, Fresno Madera Counties and our local California Conservation Corp (CCC). Local volunteers are welcome if you'd like a hands on experience. Wildland fire and forestry experts who will be there to answer questions.
Experts will be available at 9:00 a.m. to train any one who would like to volunteer and learn first hand what this concept looks and feels like. The fun begins at 10:00 a.m. Areas of thick brush behind the Chamber will be thinned. Spectators are encouraged to come and learn. There will be discussion on how fire behaves when it encounters a wall of brush and what that could mean for your home and property. Questions will be welcome.
OTFSC and Sierra RCD encourage property owners to get a FRE (Fire Risk Evaluation). SRCD forestry technicians will evaluate your home and property's strengths and weaknesses in the event of a wildfire. This is a free service and could lead to help from volunteer organizations such as CCCs, United Way, and Team Rubicon in tackling some of your problems. In order to get any assistance from volunteers, OTFSC and Sierra RCD need to know where you are! The way to do that is to sign up for a free FRE!
If you wish to volunteer in the Brush Bustin' please arrive early, by 9 a.m., for work instructions. Please RSVP by email at or text (559) 471-6983.
Fires to read about as we move into wildfire season:
Rough Fire: click here
Camp Fire: click here
Creek Fire: click here
To view the proposed Pinehurst fuel break,