09 June 2010

Wildfire Awareness Fair This Saturday!

The Carbon Canyon Fire Safe Council, in collaboration with the Chino Valley Fire District and the City of Brea Fire Department, is hosting its annual Wildfire Awareness Fair this Saturday, 12 June from 10 am to 3 pm at Chino Valley Fire Station #64 and Western Hills Park at the intersection of Carbon Canyon Road and Canon Lane in Chino Hills.

The council's mission for the fair is to: "inform and educate our community about wildlife prevention, evacuation procedures, fire safety, and emergency preparedness."

Hoping to improve upon the attendance of over 250 from last year's event, organizers have provided for demonstrations at 11:30 am and 1:30 pm of fire gel used on houses in a fire event; ongoing demonstrations of fire houses and fire extinguishers; live animals and interactive educational displays from the group Nature of Wildworks; ongoing seminars on fire-resistant gardens, safety for mobile home parks, evacuation procedures and tips, prudent tree and shrub pruning to mitigate fire dangers, and the concept of "defensible space" around houses; face painting; a Home Depot Kids' Clinic gardening class sponsored by the home improvement store chain, which is also giving away 200 plants; issuance of City of Chino Hills emergency access passes for Carbon Canyon; and more.

In addition, Fresh & Easy Neighborhood Market is providing free hot dogs and drinks as well as reusable bags and store coupons.  A raffle includes rounds of gold [oops, golf, though the precious metal would be great!] from the Western Hills, Los Serranos and Vellano clubs; a free chimney sweep by Lucky Sully Chimney Sweep [another fire prevention tool]; gift certificates, cards and baskets from local businesses; three fire extinguishers from the City of Brea Fire Department; and two memberships to the YMCA, among others.

Other event participants and sponsors include: Myers and Sons Hi-Way Safety; Power Toys; Trader Joe's; Bravo Burgers; BevMo!; Timbersil Wood Products; The Remodeling Center; Chino Lumber; Farmers Insurance; State Farm Insurance; CalFire, the state fire agency; The Boy Scouts of America; The Girl Scouts of America; Santa Ana Watershed Authority; The Red Cross; Hills for Everyone; Fire Pump and Hose; Mallory Fire and Thermo Gel; the cities of Chino Hills and Brea; and Champion Newspapers.

For anyone living in or near a high fire zone, this event is essential.  For more information, call the Council at (714) 313-2405 or Chino Valley Fire District at (909) 902-5280, x.409.

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