CDF NEWS RELEASE
From California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection
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May 5, 2004
Contact: CDF Information Desk (916) 653-5123
Wildfire Awareness Week Event
CDF to Demonstrate Firefighting Techniques On the Ground and from the Air
Sacramento - The California Department
of Forestry and Fire Protection (CDF) will kick off Wildfire Awareness Week
with a demonstration of firefighting drills in the foothills outside of Sacramento
on Monday May 10, 2004 starting at 10:00 a.m.
"Wildfire Awareness Week gives
us a chance to call the public's attention to the threat of wildfire. Our message
is that we are getting ready for fire season, and so should you," said
CDF Chief of Fire Protection Jim Wright. "
"It's a Clear Choice" is
the theme of this year's event. "The message is two-fold," adds Chief
Wright. "Now is the time to clear the flammable material around your structure
to create a defensible space for our firefighters. And it is clear that defensible
space increases the chance that your home will survive wildfire."
This year's event will be held at
the Auburn Lake Trails (ALT) community in El Dorado County. This site was selected
because it is a classic wildland urban interface area where houses and fire
country are intermingled. ALT was also selected because of its citizens' extraordinary
commitment to becoming a Fire Safe Community. Visitors to the event will see
several examples of the kind of fuels modification that have improved this community's
odds of surviving a wildfire, including a shaded fuel break, defensible space
and fire safe landscaping
What: Wildfire Awareness Week
Press Event (visuals include firefighting
and helicopter demonstrations)
Where: Auburn Lake Trails
(allow one hour's drive from Sacramento.
Directions attached or available by calling (916) 653-5123
When: Monday May 10, 2004 - 10:00
a.m. to 11:00 a.m.
Directions to Auburn Lake Trails
I-80 N.E. Reno
Exit Hwy. 49 in Auburn -Right - (Grass Valley turn off)
At light turn left onto Lincoln Way
Follow Hwy. 49 signs thru town at Canyon bottom Hwy 49 turns right over river
to the town of Cool.
Turn left onto Hwy. 193 in Cool
Auburn Lake Trials is about 1 mile up on the left
1400 American River Trail, Cool CA 95614
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