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Feather River Bulletin Wednesday, April 2, 2014 5A CAL FIRE, from page 1A Vargas stressed that he Wants this to be constructive. "I expect it to be a positive thing," Vargas said. After meeting with Vargas, Kennedy said, "He promises that it will be educational and not punitive." But Vargas is aware that there are those who are wary of the inspections. "If there's a locked gate, we won't go there," he said. "We will only inspect an area that we can see." Once the inspection is complete, an informational package with an inspection form will be left for the property owner. The package will include contact information so that the. resident can call with questions. Depending on what the inspection reveals, a property owner could face significant work, including tree removal. Such work can be expensive and Vargas, as well as Sue McCourt, the county's fire prevention officer, were asked what assistance could be given to the property owner. Both identified a senior/disabled program administered by the Plumas County Fire Safe Council, but realize that won't help everyone. "We're working on this," Kennedy said, and added that they are hoping that volunteer find possibly inmate labor could be available. After they have addressed the work that needs to be Inspection checklist tips CalFire identifies two zones that make up the required 100 feet of defensible space. Zone 1: Extends 30 feet out from buildings, decks and other structures. Remove all dead plants, grass and weeds. Trim trees regularly to keep branches a minimum of 10 feet from other trees. Remove dead branches that hang over your roof and keep branches 10 feet away from your chimney. Relocate exposed woodpiles outside of Zone 1 unless they are completely covered in a fire-resistant material. Remove or prune flammable plants and shrubs near windows. Remove vegetation and items that could catch fire from around and under decks. Create a separation between trees, shrubs and items that could catch fire, such as patio furniture,.swing sets, etc. Zone 2: Extends 30 to 100 feet from buildings and other structures. Cut or mow annual grass down to a maximum height of 4 inches. Create horizontal spacing between shrubs and trees. Create vertical spacing between grass, shrubs and trees. Remove fallen leaves, needles, twigs, bark, cones and small branches. However, they may be permitted to a depth of 4 inches if erosion control is an issue. done, property owners contact Cal Fireto access private Cal Fire for a re-inspection, property. They have three opportunities "We have the authority to to pass the inspection or face be on their property," Vargas a possible citation, said. Property owners won't A property owner who be pre-notified and the contacted this newspaper inspections will occur questioned the authority of whether or not the owner is at home, Sheriff Greg Hagwood concedes that Cal Fire has the right to access private property, but he is very concerned about the outcome. "I am anticipating private property owners reacting negatively to an uninvited government presence in their yards," he said. "I can reasonably forecast some very negative response. The way that Cal Fire delivers this message will be very important." Vargas has repeatedly stressed that the inspections are meant to be Positive. "I know that Cat Fire said they are placing an emphasis on education this year," Hagwood said, but fears that when people receive long to-do lists or else face fines, that they will react negatively. Hagwood is also concerned about the costs. "People don't have the money," he said. As for providing inmate labor, he said he has a limited ability to do so. "I think the citizens are in for something they're not aware of," Hagwood concluded. The inspections will take place in state responsibility areas; those who reside in a fire protection district and have not been assessed the Cat Fire fee won't be inspected. Because Cal Fire has a fire station in Westwood that covers the Almanor Basin, the inspections will cover 'Canyon Dam and south: II r, ve rn Debra Moore Staff Writer dmoore@plumasnews.com Plumas County residents, with the exception of those who live in downtown Quincy and East Quincy, can b.urn their yard debris, but need to ensure that it is an allowable burn day. Ryan Murano, of the Northern Sierra Air Quality Management District, encourages residents to call the number for their area: "The recording usually covers two days of burn information," Murano said. Portola: 832-4528 Quincy: 283-3602 Chester: 258-2588 Greenville: 284-6520 Burn permits are not required for burning household yard debris such as leaves and pine needles. While most areas of the county are allowed to burn year-round, a county ordinance prohibits residents of American Valley from burning from Nov. 15 to March 15. Since that period has ended, residents, with the exception of those who live in Quincy and East Quincy, can burn. Murano explained that the ordinance, which went into effect in 1991, protects the air quality in American Valley. ing rls "It had reached non-attainment status," he said of the air quality in the area. Though Quincy is the only area with annual restrictions now, Portola has come close to non-attainment status as well. The ability to burn may help some residents prepare their homes in advance of fire season. CalFire begins conducting inspections this month and many residents will need to trim trees and clear yard debris. in addition to burning, residents have other options for debris removal, including taking it to transfer sites in each community, as well as hauling it to Collins Pine in the Almanor area, Graeagle Land and Water inGraeagle and the Environmental Reclamation Center at the Portola landfill. There are fees associated with each of the options. The Board of Supervisors is reviewing short- and long-term solutions for American Valley because Sierra Pacific Industries no longer accepts green waste at its mill. SPI had accepted yard debris at no charge, but discontinued the practice in November 2013 because of construction related to the new sawmill. Charter School collects clothing for fundraiser Plumas Charter School is working with "Planet Rag" to collect no longer needed cloth items. "Planet Rag" is a non-profit organization that donates useable clothes to needy people, and recycles un-useable cloth into insulation. Clothes, shoes, purses, rags, stuffed toys.., any clean textile items are accepted. (Please, no muddy, furry or oil/gas covered items.) Drop off bagged donations at Plumas Charter School's Quincy Learning Center at 175 North Mill Creek Road anytime during regular business hours. This is an ongoing fundraiser for Plumas Charter School. Last year "Planet Rag" awarded the school $500 for providing the For more information, contact organization with two storage Plumas Charter School at units worth of textile items. 283-3851. f AND LUNCH SANDWICHES Hunter safety class April 19 A hunter safety certification class will be offered in Greenville. 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