14 May 2009

Carbon Canyon Fire Safe Council Newsletter Debuts!

The premiere issue of the quarterly newsletter of the Carbon Canyon Fire Safe Council is out and anyone who is a resident of the Canyon should be interested and supportive of this group, which has done much to increase awareness about fire dangers and responses.

A key portion of the newsletter concerns the great news that the Brea Fire Department and the community of Olinda Village, including Hollydale Mobile Home Estates, have joined the council which has operated for almost a decade on the Chino Hills side of the Canyon.

There is also more information about the Wildfire Awareness Fair on 30 May from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. at both Western Hills Park and Fire Station 64 at the corner of Carbon Canyon Road and Canon Lane. Demonstrations involving fire extinguishers and Thermo-Gel, a product sprayed on structures to deter fire; fire safe products, such as gutter guards and eave vent screens; giveaways, including 200 plants provided by Home Depot, reusable grocery bags and a gift basket from Fresh and Easy Neighborhood Market, and fire extinguishers courtesy of the Brea Fire Department; booths staffed by the Air Quality Management District (AQMD), the Chino Hills Auxiliar Radio Team (CHART) concerning emergency communication, Farmers Insurance Company with free child and pet ID registration; and more will be part of the fair's activities. The above image is the flyer that came with the newsletter.

The newsletter also contains an article by Hills for Everyone executive director Claire Schlotterbeck about the project to eradicate the nefarious Arundo donax which has infested and plagued the Canyon, particularly the Brea side, for many a year.

There is also a piece about the mission and vision of the Council and a reminder that meetings are held the first Wednesday of each month at 7 p.m. at the Sleepy Hollow Community Center at Rosemary Lane and Carbon Canyon Road.

Finally, important phone numbers are also provided:

Carbon Canyon Fire Safe Council (714) 313-2405

Brea Carbon Canyon Hotline (714) 990-7732

Chino Hills Road Conditions Hotline (909) 364-2828

Chino Valley Fire Department (909) 902-5280

In addition to the Fair flyer, an insert for brush removal on the Chino Hills portion of the Canyon was included with upcoming pick-up days including next Monday the 18th and the 1st, 15th, and 29th (all Mondays) in June. Criteria includes: green waste only; piles limited to 10'W x 10'L x 6'H and accessible to a truck within 15' of, but not on, the roadway; leaves and raked material to be bagged; and arrangements must be made by calling the Council at (714) 313-2405. Piles sitting longer than 10 days and not otherwise meeting the criteria will not be accepted and property owners could be cited and fined for material not otherwise disposed of. In the future, it is hoped that Brea residents of the Canyon can also be included with the expansion of grant applications and funding.

Kudos to the Fire Safe Council for all of the work it does and for getting out a nice first issue of the newsletter!

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