Welcome to the Mountain Communities Fire Safe Council’s website.
Welcome! The Mountain Communities Fire Safe Council (MCFSC), a nonprofit public benefit corporation, was formed by residents of the Hill communities in 2001. They organized for purpose of educating local residents about fire safety issues related to the communities in the wildland-urban interface “WUI”. Education is still the priority of the MCFSC, but we now offer much more to our neighbors living on the mountain, including:
Free Consultations to Help with Your Property Inspection
We have a trained field supervisor to work with you to identify areas in need of mitigation to increase the probability of your home surviving a wildfire. Once the work is completed, your property will pass fire inspection.
If the needed fuels reduction work is more than you can accomplish on your own, we have grant funds to help you hire a licensed and insured contractor. You will only pay 35% of the lowest bid.
Dead and Dying Bark Beetle Tree Removal Program
This program will assist homeowners remove trees due to bark beetle infestations. They must be within 100’ of your home and trees within 30’ are our highest priority.
We publish a biannual newsletter mailed to more than 10,000 owners of property located in the San Jacinto WUI
Fire Safety News
The President of the Board of Directors writes a monthly column, Fire and Forest, for the local newspaper.
The council hosts public meetings with programs on fire safety and gives presentations to community groups and HOAs. We have found the one-on-one interaction between our project manager and property owners to be a highly effective educational practice.
MCFSC has a nationally recognized crew of volunteers, the Woodies, who donate thousands of hours each year:
- Helping low-income seniors and physically disabled persons create and maintain defensible space around their homes by trimming and thinning trees and brush, raking dead leaves and pine needles and providing on-site education about effective defensible space.
- Processing trees removed from fuel reduction jobs into firewood, which is donated to the Idyllwild Help Center for distribution to the needy.
- Providing fire safe education to their friends and neighbors.
MCFSC is a regular participant in the multi-agency Mountain Area Safety Taskforce (MAST) meetings. Formed in 2002, MAST is a coalition of local, satat and federal government agencies, private companies and volunteer organizations in Riverside County that are working together to help prevent catastrophic wildfires.
The photo above is of the Mountain Fire, taken July 2013 from Hwy 243 in Idyllwild. Many of us experienced first-hand this wind-driven fire which ignited in Mountain Center and burned 27,531 acres, destroyed 23 structures, and cost $25.8 million. Many residents from the communities of Idyllwild, Fern Valley and Pine Cove were peppered with embers from the fire.
One month later, another wind-driven fire, the Silver Fire, started on the north side of the mountain and burned 20,292 acres, destroyed 48 structures and cost $9.9 million.
The mountain top communities were sandwiched between these two fires and through these experiences we learned a lot. Please use this knowledge to help us up-date our CWPP. (link available soon on this page)
- For a check list on Vulerable Ember Areas, Click Here.
- For a digital or printable Fire Safety Code Requirements check list, Click Here.