Home Contra Costa County Piepho Highlights Neighbors Helping Neighbors to Prevent Wildfires Program

Piepho Highlights Neighbors Helping Neighbors to Prevent Wildfires Program

by ECT

Between January and August 15 2015 over 4,549 fires have burned 144,253 acres throughout California – more than twice the acres of the five-year average according to CAL FIRE. [1] Long-term drought has led to drier than normal vegetation that continues “significant fire potential”[2] through September.

Diablo Fire Safe Council (DFSC) is encouraging neighbors to help neighbors as the surest way to prevent wildfire. “Your home is only as safe from wildfire as your neighbor’s,” says Cheryl Miller, Executive Coordinator DFSC.

This Fall join your neighbors to protect your home from wildfire. Cost-share funding of up to $5,000 per project is available to groups of neighbors to hire contractors to reduce fuel loads and create defensible space around your homes. Neighbors can use cost share funding for chipping or green waste removal of homeowner cut material, dead tree removal, tree thinning (cutting of small trees) or “limbing-up”, brush cutting, goat grazing and mowing or “weed whacking” (as a part of a larger project).

Cost share funds need to be matched dollar for dollar with cash contributions or sweat equity. Download an application at www.diablofiresafe.org/pdf/2015-CMTFS_Cost_share_program.pdf or contact Cheryl Miller, Executive Coordinator. Email: [email protected] Phone: (510) 282-1265.

During 2015 – 2016, DFSC is working with interested stakeholders and residents to develop an Action Plan as a part of Clayton Morgan Territory Fire Safe 2015. For more information on the planning process see www.diablofiresafe.org/clayton-morgan-Fires.html.

Funding provided by a grant from the State of California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (CAL FIRE) State Responsibility Area (SRA) Fire Prevention Fund (http://calfire.ca.gov/fire_prevention/fire_prevention_fund_grants.php).

[1] http://cdfdata.fire.ca.gov/incidents/incidents_stats
[2] http://www.predictiveservices.nifc.gov/outlooks/monthly_seasonal_outlook.pdf

Information provided by the Officer of Supervisor Mary Piepho

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Joe from DB Aug 31, 2015 - 7:44 am

Why doesn’t the Officer of Supervisor Mary Piepho work on saving ECCFPD.

FF Supporter Aug 31, 2015 - 7:24 pm

Why you ask ? It is not politically correct to touch with an election year coming.

Inside Outside Sep 1, 2015 - 4:36 pm

FD Supporter, none of them Including Piepho is currently up for re-election. Additionally, fire board members are not elected, they are appointed. It’s disappointing that you believe that would be a concern but based on your nonsensical posts, it comes as little surprise.

Your opinion is based on what again?

In case you were wondering, the factual answer is that trying to govern over anothers jurisdiction and authority is a political faux pas. Voters as well as the politicians are usually more concerned about direct responsibilities rather than stepping on other agencies responsibilities.

Inside Outside Aug 31, 2015 - 10:10 pm

Because the County isn’t running the ECCFPD, it has its own independent board of directors. This has been in effect for 10 years now. Have you not been following the issue? Guess not.

Joe from DB Sep 1, 2015 - 7:47 am

@ Inside Outside

Actually I have been following the issue but I am just wondering why she is getting involved in preventing wildland fires, while a fire district in this county, specifically the one that protects the area she lives in is failing.

Inside Outside Sep 1, 2015 - 11:19 am

Does it really have to be spelled out for you?

The County and even the State has no jurisdiction over a local independent district. This is a fact which has been stated on this website multiple times. So much for you following the issue. Is it more of a comprehension issue then?

I think most of us realize the wildland fire item was a public information piece, which is done by many elected officials including Piepho, Frazier, Desaunier and McNerney regularly on this site.

Joe from DB Sep 1, 2015 - 6:13 pm

@ Inside Outside

I can see that having a normal conversation is not going to happen with you because all of your replies to people involve you making fun of peoples learning abilities.

Maybe your just one of those guys who was beat up a lot in school or doesn’t get invited to lunch at work with the rest of the guys so now you hide behind your computer and make stupid comments so you can feel a sense of self worth. Either way I won’t be replying to anymore of your posts and have fun trolling the internet tonight looking for your next victim.

Inside Outside Sep 2, 2015 - 11:28 am

Joe from DB, if explaining the obvious to you woke up some personal emotional chip on your shoulder, then you own that. This entire issue has been beat to death and yet you still don’t seem to get it. At some point that becomes willful ignorance. Stop deflecting and start accepting the responsibility that you seem to feel everyone else should carry. If you are an adult, then act like one. I’m tired of babysitting you and the other trolls. If you think I’ve been mean to you then you really haven’t been paying attention.

Sorry to disappoint, but again you are dead wrong on all accounts. I have never been “beat up” and always eat my lunch with all the guys.

Either way, thanks for discontinuing the debate. You weren’t adding anything that hasn’t already been discussed. Maybe now you can move on to a topic which you can actually contribute to. Best of luck, and I mean that.

JS Sep 2, 2015 - 9:06 am

All inside outside is trying to do is protect the political image of the local elected leaders. You can’t protect incompetence. This is why the FD remains broken.

Inside Outside Sep 2, 2015 - 11:38 am

JS, if clarity and accurate information is troubling you then debate probably isn’t your thing. Trying to couch it as something its not (such as protection) is deflection if not incompetence of the subject. Go ahead, you pick which one you were doing.

Lack of funding is the only reason the fire department remains broken. Until you come to that conclusion you will be nothing more than one that adds to the endless fodder and reckless blame game. Carry on…
There is no stopping stupid.

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