Third Wildfire Safety Expo to be held May 12

Third Wildfire Safety Expo to be held May 12

06 May 2012

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USA — KELSEYVILLE, Calif. – With fire season close at hand, county residents can learn how to protect their homes and communities in an annual event set for this coming weekend.

Lake County’s third annual Wildfire Safety Expo will be held on Saturday, May 12, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Kelseyville Lumber Home Improvement Center, 3555 N. Main St. in Kelseyville.

Presented by the Lake County Fire Safe Council, this free community event will provide information to homeowners to help them prepare for a wildfire.

Partners for this event include the Kelseyville, Lake County, Lake Pillsbury, Lakeport, Northshore, and South Lake Fire Protection districts; the Lake County Fire Chiefs’ Association; Cal Fire; the Bureau of Land Management; and U. S. Forest Service.

A vendor fair will focus on fuel reduction methods, fire-resistant building materials, home fire safety information, and fire safe landscaping tips. Home fire protection products also will be demonstrated.

Representatives from Lake County’s Animal Care and Control will answer homeowners’ questions and provide information on the Lake Evacuation and Animal Protection (L.E.A.P.) program.

The Master Gardeners and Pacific Gas & Electric also will be there with tips on fire safe landscaping. Information for the National Fire Protection Association’s Firewise Communities program will also be available.

“We hope to provide helpful information so citizens will be better prepared in the event of wildfire,” said project coordinator Linda Juntunen. “Along with fire safety information, there will be activities that we think both adults and children will enjoy.”

Smokey Bear and Sparky the Fire Dog will be on hand for the kids, children’s games, and drawings for free prizes will be held throughout the day. Firefighting training demonstrations will be conducted, and present day and antique fire equipment will be on display.

“This event is for Lake County residents and will provide ‘one stop shopping’ for homeowners to take responsibility for their own safety and protection during the upcoming fire season. One of our themes is ‘Help them (firefighters) help you.’ Make it possible for the fire agencies to protect your homes safely and effectively” said Jeff Tunnell, fire mitigation and education specialist for the Bureau of Land Management.

Take responsibility by learning how to protect your home and create the defensible space. Be fire wise and fire safe this season – attend the Wildfire Safety Expo.

Contact Linda Juntunen, project coordinator, at 707-263-4180, Extension 106, for additional information.

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