Four instructional video that everyone in the watershed needs to watch. (And a special "thank you" to Ken Zukin for his videography and editing!)
Video A: A Wildfire History in the Upper Mark West Watershed
Marshal Turbeville gives a fascinating description of wildfire history in our area from a firefighter's perspective.
This talk, given on Nov 8, 2016, is a prophetic and fascinating talk about fire behaviors right here.
This presentation was given right after the Valley fire, and a year before the Tubbs fire of 2017.
Many important fire factors are described in this talk that are important for us to consider as we go forward.
Video B: What is a Fire Adapted Community?
What is our Fire Hazard Rating?
Cal fire’s Vegetation Management Division Chief, Mike Wilson (now retired) for Sonoma/Napa/Lake Counties describes the definition and benefits of becoming a recognized “Fire Adapted Community.”
Chief Wilson offers many suggestions and insights about living in a Wildland Urban Intermix with a rating of Very High Fire Hazard Severity.
Description of levels of organization and where a CWPP fits in the mix (min 6:00 – 8:00)
Suggested steps if dropped from Homeowners Insurance due to fire risk (min 23:00)
Fire Severity Mapping for the Upper Mark West: (min 23:35)
Video C: Making your home defendable:
“Start at your House and Work Out!”
Living in the Wildlands has responsibilities!
Cyndi Foreman from Rincon Valley Central Fire District and Caerleon Safford from Fire Safe Sonoma give a detailed presentation about all the things homeowners can do to harden their homes against fire.
They also describe how to create defensible space around your homes.
The good news: the most effective fire protection steps are things you can do around your home!
Video D: Funding Opportunities for Fuels Reduction Work & Shaded Fuel Breaks
This video explores various Funding Opportunities for Fire Prevention and Fuels Reduction Work on private forest lands, including: State Responsibility Areas (SRA grants) for organizations, and CFIP grants and EQIP grants for private landowners.
The end of the video is a field trip to see an example of a Shaded Fuel Break.
We discuss the purpose of shaded fuel breaks as well as what it takes to establish and maintain the work.