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4B Wednesday, June 13,2012 Bulletin, Record, Progressive, Reporter @ tarrier is FIRE & R SCUE 411 LESLIE ROGERS Beckwourth Fire Department Red flag warning. Sounds ominous and it is. My first thought when I hear this, usually during a weather report, is that I should have done more work on cleaning up my yard so I have defensi- ble space. I do hope you're not still pondering whether it is worth all the work to create defensible space around your house. When a wildland fire is approaching homes the fire department has to decide what houses can be defended and to put it simply -- no defensible space, no fire trucks, no house. So what exactly does a red flag warning mean? What is its close relation, the fire weather watch? The National Weather Service defines a red flag warning as fire danger being very high or extreme. They base their decision on humid- ity levels, wind speeds and the prediction of thunder- storms. Humidity and wind are im- portant in creating situations where there could be rapid spread of wildfires. Topogra- phy and type of vegetation also play a big role with' humidity and wind, High winds are a factor in fast moving fires. Low humidity means that the plants are dry and will burn faster. Lightning from thunder- storms cause many wildland fires. Thunderstorms that carry rain along with the lightning are not as danger- ous as the thunderstorms with small amounts of rain and what is called dry light- ning. In technical terms the National Weather Service de- scribes this as "a lightning event that is not accompa- nied by enough precipitation to significantly wet fuels (vegetation) that have been identified as critically dry." A fire weather watch is used to alert fire departments and citizens of the likelihood of a red flag event in the 12- to 72-hour timeframe. Fire stations may fly red flags to let people know there is a red flag warning or fire weather watch. What can you do if there are extreme fire weather warnings? The Diablo FireSafe Council has some recommendations. Be alert and report any small fires immediately by calling 911. Have an evacua- tion plan for family members and pets. Use extra caution with charcoal and gas barbecues. Only use them in a cleared area away from grass or brush. Make sure coals are cold before dispos- ing. Obey restrictions on camp- fires, bonfires and burn piles. If you start a wildland fire you could be held responsible for paying for the fire engines, helicopters, air tankers, etc. If you aren't sure what restrictions are in place, contact your local fire department. Do not throw cigarettes out the car window or drop them on the ground. Do not shoot off fireworks and that includes using sparklers. Don't park cars on weeds or dry grass. The Plumas County Fire Chiefs Association and Plumas County Fire Safe Council are providing a series of important informa- tion on protecting your house and property from wildland fires. Check your local news- paper. Hearing the words red flag warning or fire weather watch should cause some fear. Use that fear in a positive way, as motivation to clean up your property and make evacuation plans. Be prepared for the dangerous fire weather conditions that are going to happen this summer and remember-- no defensible space, no fire trucks, no house. On trafficschool ASK GEOV.GV. GEORGE VALVERDE Director, CA Dept of Motor Vehicles Do you have questions about general driving related requirements like registra- tion and insurance? Are you unclear about laws and re- strictions related to driving? The California Department of Motor Vehicles has answers. Save thne by going online; visit Q: How often may a driver attend traffic violator school in order to keep violations confidential (masked) and not part of the public record? A: A driver who is referred by a court to traffic violator school may have only the first violation masked in an 18-month period. Subsequent violations during the 18- month period will not be masked. Q: I paid my registration fees online and entered my checking account informa- tion. I received a dishonored check notice. How is this pos- sible? A: Make sure to correctly enter your bank account and routing number when mak- ing an online payment. On the DMV website there is an example of where to locate the bank routing numbers, so please take a look before en- tering your check informa- tion. When entering payment from an existing checking ac- count, be sure to verify that the numbers are correct be- fore entering the final pay- ment. This will ensure that we are able to locate your ac- count and deduct the pay- ment. Q: What is the DMV's poli- cy for headgear when the li- cense photo is taken? A: The department prefers the removal of headgear, un- less it is part of your normal identification, or is worn be- cause of religious beliefs. In those instances, headgear is permissible as long as the in- dividual's face is visible. Gen- erally, headgear such as a baseball hat can obstruct the eyes, nose, mouth or cause dark shadows. This can re- sult in unacceptable pho- tographs and unnecessary re- turn trips to our field offices. The DMV Is a department under the Business, Transportation and Housing Agency. U.S. Department of Agri- and the U.S. Forest Service directives relating to the culture Secretary Tom Vil- chief with feedback on a planning rule, effectivemoni- sack recently named the range of issues important to toring and evaluation meth- members of an advisory com- implementation of the plan- ods, and suggestions for in- mittee charged with provid- ning rule. creased collaboration efforts. ing guidance and recommen. "The members of this com-Visit the agency's planning dations on the implementa- mittee collectively bring to rule website for more infor- tion of the new U.S. Forest the table a vast amount of mation about the committee, Service planning rule. knowledge, passion and in- the new planning rule and "Members of this federal terest in our national forests upcoming opportunities for advisory committee will give and grasslands," said U.S. public engagement. unique perspectives on land Forest Service Chief Tom In March, Vilsack an- management issues under Tidwell. "Forming this corn- nounced USDA's final plan- the new planning rule, which mittee continues the commit- ning rule for America's 193 provides stronger protections ment to public involvement million acres of national for- for forests, water and wildlife and collaboration that has est system lands. The new while supporting the econom- guided us throughout thisrule includes stronger protec- ic vitality of rural communi- landmark rulemaking tions for forests, water and ties," said Vilsack. "The com- process." Wildlife while supporting the mittee's input will be very While only 21 applicants economic vitality of rural important as we begin to im- could be selected for the com- communities. USDA and the plement the new rule and ad- mittee, the Forest Service Forest Service carefully con- dress critical,management will continue to engage the sidered more than a quarter- needs on our national forests public in a number of ways million comments to develop and grasslands." as the new rule is implement- the final rule, which empha- More than 220 people ap- ed. Opportunities will in- sizes collaboration, sound plied to serve on the commit- elude participating in the science and protections for tee, making for a demanding early adopter forest plan re- land, water and wildlife. selection process. The select- vision efforts and comment- USDA works with state, lo- ed members represent a bal- hag on the proposed planning cal and tribal governments anced range of public Inter- directives when they are re- and private landowners to ests in the management of ha- leased for public comment, conserve and protect natural tional forest System lands, as Meetings of the federal adVi- resources --- helping preserve well as a diversity of back: sory committee are also open land and clean air and water. grounds, communities and to the public. President Obama launched geographic locations. This The committee's scope of the America's Great Out: group will be able to provide work will include the ability doors initiative in 2010 to fos- the secretary of agriculture to make recommendations on ter a 21st century approach to conservation that is designed by and accomplished in part- nership with the American people. During the past two years, USDA's conservation agen- cies -- the U.S. Forest Ser- vice, Natural Resources Con- servation Service and the Farm Service Agency'-- have delivered technical assis- tance and implemented restoration practices on pub- lic and private lands. USDA is working to better target conservation investments by embracing locally driven conservation and entering partnerships that focus on large, landscape-scale conser- vation. The mission of the U.S. For- est Service is to sustain the health, diversity and produc- tivity of the nation's forests and grasslands to meet the needs of present and future generations: Recreational "ac- tivities on forest lands con- tribute $14.5 billion annually to the U.S. economy. The agency manages 193 million acres of publlc land, provides assistance to state and pri- vate landowners and main- tains the largest forestry re- search organization in the world. Northeastern Rural Health Clinics Proudly Acknowledges CSR/Telemedicine Coordinator June 2012 Employee * Of The BUSINESS EQUIPMENT Sales Service Supplies . Month Plumas county Sheriff's Deputy Steve, Clark was honored June 2 by Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) for his efforts to stop drunk drPing. Clark received the MADD California Hero Award during the organiza- tion's 14th anniversary ceremony at the Hyatt iff' J Two Local Technicians Copiers & Fax Machines Laser Printers New or Remanufactured Regency Sacramento. its mission to stop drunk enforcement progt'am spe- More than 600 people from driving, support the victims, cialist. ".These are the top 53 of California's 58 counties and prevent underage drink- officers in the state for DUI attended the event, ing. enforcement and many have Awards were given to indi- "The officers recognized at duties within the depart- vidual officers, departments, this event have made huge ment." state park agencies, media sacrifices in their lives to MADD is a nonprofit and members of the commu- become the top in the field of organization with approxi- nity. traffic safety and enforce- mately 2 million members Clark's award was for his ment," said Silar Miers, and supporters. It has 600 af- efforts to help MADD achieve MADD California law ffliates nationwide. (888) 447-2679 (530) 284-1112 Fax: (530) 284-1102 101 Pine St., Greenville Serving Plumas, Lassen, Sierra & Modoc Counties Read a//about it on our Websitel If you need to talk from the privacy of your home, Call the Plumas/Sierra Crisis Line at 1-877-332-2754 or 283-4333. All calls are confidential. 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