06 May 2011

Wildfire Awareness Fair Next Saturday!

On Saturday, 14 May from 10 am to 2 pm, the Carbon Canyon Fire Safe Council hosts its annual Wildfire Awareness Fair with the cities of Chino Hills and Brea serving as co-sponsors.  This event, held for the last few years at Western Hills Park in the Chino Hills side of the Canyon, is moving to the new Chino Hills State Park Discovery Center at 4500 Carbon Canyon Road in Brea, adjacent to Carbon Canyon Regional Park.  Moving the venue is also recognition of the fact that Brea joined the Council in 2009 and this important interconnectivity has strengthened the organization and the resolve to make awareness of wildfires a broader effort.

The event, created to let the area know about prevention of fires, evacuation policies and procedures, and general emergency preparedess, will feature presentations on landscape that is firewise and water-saving, demonstrations of wildfire preparedness products, displays by local CERT (Citizen Emergency Response Team) and Auxiliary Radio Operators who assist with emergency issues, and animals from the group "Nature of Wildworks."  There will also be food, face painting and prize drawings and many people will be able to get a first look at the Discovery Center, which is awaiting completion of exhibits, but is otherwise finished in terms of the structure.

Among local vendors and agencies who are participating are: Fresh and Easy Neighborhood Market, Home Depot, Chino Valley Fire District, Brea Fire Department (which has just concluded an joint operating agreement with the Fullerton Fire Department), Brea Police Department, CalFire (the state fire agency), California State Parks, Hills for Everyone, and others.

Anyone who lives in Carbon Canyon or nearby areas that are vulnerable to wildfires should come and learn more about what can be done to mitigate that hazard, as well as get a chance to see the new center.

For more information, call the Fire Safe Council at (714) 33-2405 or (909) 902-5280, extension 409.

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