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Feather River Bulletin 4A Wednesday, July 30, 2014 Opinions mixed about defensible space program Debra Moore Staff Writer dmoore@plumasnews.com Kris Parton walks her 1.5 acres in the Greenhorn subdivision and points out tree stumps, piles of wood chips, and meager stacks of firewood. She isn't happy and will tell anyone who will listen. Parton signed up for the Defensible Space Assistance Program offered by the Plumas County Fire Safe Council for those who are 65 or older, or who are disabled. She knew her property needed to be cleaned up, but was unprepared for the result. "I used to see trees, now I see neighbors," Parton said as she points across the street July 17. She took her county supervisor, Kevin Goss, on a tour of her property later that afternoon. Parton had a litany of complaints: --Too many trees were taken (60 by her count). --Trees that remained were limbed too high, which left her home visible to the street and her neighbors. --Wood chips were stacked in piles in excess of the 8 inches recommended by Cal Fire and obscured her decorative gardens. --Poles and firewood were to be left for the property owner, but she feared that some had been removed from Lake Almanor resident Sonja Burton lauds the fuels reduction work completed by this crew. The men work for Firestorm out of Chico, a company devoted to fighting fire both before, during and after an occurrence. Photo submitted "These were the politest men we ever had on the property." Sonja Burton Lake Almanor the property. --Her property is now dustier and noisier than before the work was undertaken. --The work was done while Second Hand Treasures When you need something from the heart, come to us P I I I I I • Used Furniture • Household Items • Antiques • Collectibles • Books • Jewelry Now Open Monday thru Sunday 10am - 4pm 72850 Hwy 70 (3 miles west of portola) 249-1745 Feather River Bulletin Postal Service: USPS (No. 188-550.) Periodicals postage paid at Quincy, CA. Published: Every Wednesday morning by Feather Publishing Co., Inc. Office Location and hours: 287 Lawrence St., Quincy, CA 95971. Mailing' address: P.O. Box B, Quincy, CA 95971. Office is open Men. through Fri., 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Hew to contact us: All departments: (530) 283-0800. FAX: (530) 283-3952. 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Postmaster: Send change of addres s orders to the Feather River Bulletin, P.O. BOX B, Quincy, CA 95971. Michael C. Taborski Jenny Lee Cobey Brown Co-0wner/Publisher Photo Editor Vice Pres./ Ked Taborsld Mary Newhouse Operations Co-Owner/Legal Classified, Circ. Manager Tom Fomey Advertising Sandy tendon Production Manager Kevin Mallory Human Resources Dir,, Elise Monroe Vice Pres./Admin. Office Manager - Bookkeeper Dan McDonald Sherri Mcconnell Eva Small Managing Editor Display Adv. Manager Composing Manager recycled paper Subscription Order Form Member, California Newpaper Publishers Assoc. n n m Feather River Bulletin • P.O. Box B, Quincy, CA 95971 Please enter my subscription for __ years, m [m Enclosed find my check for $ m [] In County $26 per year [] Out of State $44 per year m [j In California $37 per year. I Name I I m Addrees m m City, State, Zip m m Subscriptions can be h'allmrred, but not refunded, m mmm m m m m m m.m m m m m m mmm she was away from home. "I thought they were going to do what a little old lady needed," the 65-year-old Parton said. Parton complained to Cal Fire, the Plumas County Fire Safe Council, the Board of Supervisors and Firestorm, the Chico-based fwm that did the work. All sent representatives to meet with her on her property. The program Mike McCourt, who oversees the program for the Greenhorn resident Kris Parton sits outside her chicken coop, one of many wooden structures that dot her 1.5 acres. She shares the property with her dogs Smokey and Sparky, and two horses. Parton objected to the amount of tree harvesting and limbing that occurred while her property was being made more fire resilient. Photo by Debra Moore county's fire safe council, is new to the job and didn't see the property before it was treated, but has inspected it since the work was completed. "I have over 30 years of firefighting experience and I For you, brethren, have been called to liberty; only do not use liberty as an opportunity for the flesh, but through love serve one another. For all the law is fulfilled in one word, even in this: "You shall love your neighbor as yourself." GALATIANS: 5:13-14 Calvary Chapel  1953 E. Main St., Quincy • 283-4463 Summer 2014 00BBC4 "1 used to see trees, now I see neighbors." Kris Patton Greenhorn Every Monday 9jght • June 30th-Sept 15th August 4  Featuring Arnold Mitchem BBQ Menu & Live £ocd Music on the Lawn "" ,,,iA Private Parties & Catering Available  ). 190 Bonta Street, Blairsden !, / ) )' think the house looks very defensible," he said. McCourt said about 40 properties have been completed this year, and this is the only individual that he is aware of who is dissatisfied. "Everyone else is happy and compliments Firestorm on what a good job they've done," he said and noted that Firestorm returned and did more work to satisfy some of her concerns. Shane Vargas, a captain with Cal Fire, inspected the property and said that it met the requirements of Public Resources Code 4291, California's defensible space law. "It's just a service that we provide to the senior disabled program," Vargas said. Cal Fire works with the fire safe council and not the homeowner directly, but he was familiar with the property. "Her property before was really overgrown; it needed to be done," he said. Supervisor Kevin Goss also inspected the property, but hadn't seen it before. He said that he would encourage any fire fuels work to be done with the homeowner present ' to avoid such situations. The funds for the fuel reduction work come from a variety of sources, including the Forest Service via Title II as recommended by the Plumas County Resource Advisory Committee and the California Fire Safe Council Grant Clearing House. Firestorm of Chico received the contract to conduct the hazardous fuels reduction for the senior/disabled program. The company, founded in 1995, specializes in a host of fire prevention activities including controlled burns, manual and mechanical thinning, fuels reduction and insurance work. A different opinion Lake Almanor Peninsula resident Sonja Burton couldn't stop talking about the wonderful work that Firestorm did. "These were the politest men we ever had on the property," Burton said. Her mother, Irish Wilson, has lived on the peninsula for 55 : years. The property became too much for the two women to keep clear so Wilson applied for the senior and disabled program. 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