The disastrous fires in Southern California in October 2003 gave everyone on the Hill a grim reminder of the constant danger we face from wildfires.
The Mountain Communities Fire Safe Council was formed in the summer of 2001 to prevent a similar disaster from occurring here. However, to meet this vital goal, we need your help!
We are asking you to join the dozens of volunteers who are currently assisting the Council in its many and varied projects. Whether it’s a few hours once a month or a half day -or more -a week, your efforts can make a difference. You will benefit knowing you are making a contribution to your community and we all will be a little more fire safe because of your help. Also, you will find that you are joining a group of people who have a lot of fun helping out with Council activities!
Here are some of ways you can lend a hand:
- You can join our “Woodies” in working on various abatement projects. They have helped create the Pine Cove Fuel Break with the Forest Service, abated the properties of seniors, handicapped and other residents. They also split split firewood weekly as a donation to needy families through the Idyllwild HELP Center.
- You can help provide refreshments for the Woodies while they are working on a job or provide refreshments at other Council activities such as our monthly General Meetings for the community held at the Idyllwild Fire Station.
- You can join the team of volunteers who will be helping to make our fuel reduction projects a success. This work could involve signing up property owners to participate in the projects, evaluating what an abatement project may cost to complete and a variety of other tasks.
- You can help out in the Council office by doing computer data entry, filing and assisting in some of the other ways that help to keep a busy office running smoothly.
It’s a big job to make our community safe and more hands are needed – young or old.
As our Volunteer Scheduler has pointed out at more than one community meeting, our volunteers are the life blood of the Council.
Join us in meeting this most rewarding challenge. For more information, please contact us at 951-659-6208.