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Record, Reporter ~ Wednesday, March 14, 2001 7B m Metcalf Department (CDF) involve- County may but it has taken toward bringing lo- and protec- l up to standard. Bill Sager shared CDF and fire with members of County Board of Feb. 6, encourag- take an active lead Plumas County's his address to the Supervisors, Sager how Butte County's expanded over the county created a with six engines located around Butte County and fire stations with a hazardous mat- erials team, a specialized team protection system. for handling drownings, a He added that supporting the technical search and rescue new countywide emergency team, training programs, afire protection dispatch pro- confined space team, and an gram was a step in the right di- emergency medical dispatch program. Through medical dispatch- ing, emergency medical techni- cians are trained to give in- structions over the telephone so those who call in can initi- ate medical intervention be- fore the fire department or am- bulance arrives. Sager said the fire districts rection. Sager said he realized that CDF's presence in Plumas County is minimal, indicating that CDF Forester Mary Hug- gins is the local representative, but other members of the agency from Butte County are offering their assistance in helping to implement a new fire safe prevention program. made 15,000 calls last year. Of " Federal versus state pres- those, 380 interventions were ence is different between the made. two counties, he said. The ma- "We have saved lives," he jority of public lands are under said about the success of the the U.S. Forest Service juris- program, diction, in Plumas County. In Butte, the state holds the ma- Comparison jority of the public land. But, in looking at Plumas Along these lines, a Butte County, Sager compared it to County supervisor has also of- where Butte County was in fered his assistance in building 1931. That year, Butte's popula- up a fire program in Plumas tion was at a point that Plumas County. His interest is with County has now reached. He the water and natural re- encouraged supervisors to sources along the border of the help plan a countywide fire two counties. Statewide, federal programs Fire safe program areas in mind. control more than 33 million California adopted a fire pro- In the state fire plan, the acres; CDF covers ap roxi- gram in 1996, Sager said, pre- process has included assets at mately 34 million acres, Sager senting supervisors with risk, including: air quality, said. The remainingland is un- copies of that document, recreation, structure protec- der the jurisdiction of local Butte County used portions tion, timber sales, watershed, government or, in the case of of that plan while implement- wildlife habitat, plant health some areas of the desert, there ing its own program, and and other resource vafues. is no Fire protection district. Plumas County could learn In Oroville--part of the As the programs cover their from both plans, adapting Butte County plan--a full-time areas, Sager said, they have de- them to meet its own criteria fire protection planner devotes veloped policies with which and special needs, his time to collecting and cata- they can work together and not The bottom line, according loguing data and applying it to provide duplicate efforts, espe- to Sager, is the better job we do maps and other documents cially in areas where agency in prefire preparation, the low- used in the planning process. lands adjoin. One example of er the cost of fire management. In a second part of the plan, this is along the border of CDF is involved with fire prefire management examines Butteand Plumas in the Feath- protection planning, while fed- fire prevention, vegetation er River Canyon area. Last eral agencies are not, Sager ex- management and other activi- summer, the two agencies plained. And, that's why his ties. worked together to hold back agency is interested in assist- To help manage the plans, the blaze that ultimately con- ing Plumas County as it under- the Fire Safe Council, com- sumed thousands of acres, takes the plan. prised of stakeholders--both According to Sager, in order Indicating the state's fireagencies and residents--is in for agencies to use one anoth- plan, Sager said this plan dip effect in Butte County. er's resources and facilities, fers from previous plans inSager pointed out that the Four-Party Agreement that it takes a different tactic. Plumas County also has a Fire w,:th CDF, USFS, Bureau of Where in the past, plans were Safe Council, a good beginning Land Management and the Na- designed for engine compa- to the process thatlies ahead. tional Park Service was nies, fire stations and look- formed, outs, the new plan is based on local situations, with specific i some parts of Plumas County, helping to develop local pro- agencies such as the California posals to gain grant funding the last two sum- Department of Forestry (CDF) made available through the fires have realize that Plumas CountyPlumas National Forest to- homes and commu- residents "may not be served ward fire prevention pro- County. as well as they might be," De- grams. IComprehensive fireLasaux said. According to DeLasaux, 22 the specific grant applications were sub- County and Fire Safe Council mitted and the committee ini- remains in its in- In April, 1998, the Fire Safe tially accepted 14 to further de- Council was formed in Plumas velop. Plumas County may County. It is comprised ofFire districts, in'cluding bullet," Mike members of CDF, the U.S. For- Plumas Eureka, Greenhorn, natural resource est Service, foresters, develop- Long Valley, Meadow Valley, ' to Plumas County ment representatives and oth- Quincy and East Quincy have the U.C. Cooperative ers. made applications. These will and a leader in theIn its first two years, the be combined into one applica- Councilsays, council concentrated on pub- tion, DeLasaux said, and then county govern- lishing two pamphlets devoted groomed toward funding ac- to step for- to fire safe techniques and ceptance. up with a com- treatments to help safeguard DeLasaux said one of the ob- homes from wildland fires. occurs, rapidly in Now the council's focus is on www. jectives these districts hoped Focus oped in the early 1990s, was to achieve was funding a pre- While the Fire Safe Council primarily concerned with land vention coordinator. While is now focused on the grants, development, not fire preven- such a position from Butte there is still much to he done tion. County was turned down, De- in terms of forming a Fire plan In order for that to change, Lasaux said be believes the lo- for Plumas County. DeLasaux said the county's cal districts can apply for a Up to this point, the Fireplanning department needs to similar position and contract Safe Council has only managed become involved in determin- with the CDF. to involve agencies. Although ing the county's current and By lumping the fire districts it has hosted public, evening future needs. together, there is less funding meetings around the county, DeLasaux said the board of spent on duplicate services, the public response has been supervisors is now represent- While each district requested minimal, ed on the Fire Safe Council. Su- $70,000, instead of spending ap- Getting the public involved pervisor Ken Nelson is a mem- proximately $300,000 to fund in determining what the coun- ber of the Bucks Lake Fire Dis- those requests, one prevention ty's needs are is part of the pro- trict, and he now meets with officer could be hired for the gram's goals, the council. original CDF estimate of ap- County government also "He is taking a more active proximately $70,000, DeLasaux hasn't been involved in the role," DeLasaux said. And, he explained, planning stages, DeLasaux believes Nelson is an adequate said. The general plan, devel- contact with the board. t i ii ! %; pherd cross Owner release due His name is and he is very Three years old neutered, Omar kids and is very gentle. China is a full blooded Rottweiler. She is a young adult and friendly. 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