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• <br />town of pa r a d ise va ll ey <br />s umm e r 2005 <br />vo l u m e 36 , iss u e 1 <br />-• - <br />Town Fire Prevention Program <br />A n exccptio n al li, wet s pring r esu lt e d i n maj o r growth of <br />grasses a nd s h ru b s, wh ic h t h e dry weather in Ivl ay and <br />June turned into t i nd e r-d r y fuel. The dange r o f lire is m ost <br />critical s caccw id c, as we ll as i n Paradi se Va ll ey . Ca lam i ty wa s <br />ave rted twice wh e n m a jor b ru s h li r cs brok e out o n Ivl umm)' <br />IV!o untain ea r ly in t h is s ummer's lire se ason. Spa r ks fro m <br />e quipme nt b ei n g used t o co n s truct a h o me caused one li r e, <br />and l ightni n g sta r ted t h e second a nd large r li re . In both <br />ca ses, qu ick ac t ion b)' lircligh tc r s r es ulte d in co n ta in ing a n d <br />ext ing u is hi n g th e li r cs b efo re h o mes we r e b u rn ed. Dis trict <br />C h ie f C huc k Fitzge ra ld, the T o wn 's li r e mars hal. noted chat <br />if conditi o n s had been diff('l'e nr, hoth lires could h ave swept <br />throu g h e n t i re neighbo rh ood s. Majo r fires north o f C ave <br />Creek broug ht h caV)' s moke in to t he Town, se r vi ng as a fu r th e r <br />rem i ndcr o f ch e fire dan ge r. <br />Th e Town h as i n itiated a prog ram co infor m re s idents <br />o f th e extr e m e lire danger, not o n !)' on hi ll s id e area s . but <br />throughou t ch c community. f o ll owing are hi g h li g h t s of the <br />Town's lire preven ti o n prog r a m. <br />Firelig hte r s wi ll c rui se r esid ent ial str eets p r im aril}' <br />on Saturdays and Sunda)'S whe n m os t peo ple arc at h ome . <br />\,\Th e n th q , sec co ndition s th at might foster lire . they <br />will s h ow th e r es id ent th e conditi ons chat need co <br />be corrected, and provid e a letter w i th r ecommend ed <br />precautions t o protect t h e h ome . If no one i s at h o m e, <br />a form will b e ma i led with the sa me informa t ion in <br />"c h eck l i s t " format. <br />Inside <br />2 The Mayor's Corner <br />3 Census Survey <br />3 2006 Elections <br />4 Wireless Faci lities <br />(Co 11ti1111 1'd 011 Pa g,· -1 ) <br />Protect your home from fire ... <br />• Report a brns h lire i mmediate!}' b y d ialing 9-1-l <br />• Keep garden h oses hooked up and ready to use i n case of <br />an emergency <br />• No outdoor b u rn in g or open fires permitted <br />• C r eate a 30-foot defen si b le space around a ll structures <br />• T r i m trees and b rush ; remove dead foliage <br />• C lea r brnsh arou n d propane tanks <br />• Trim t rees so t h at ther e is 4 to 6 feet betwee n th e ground <br />and t h e bottom l im bs <br />• T r i m s hru bs i nto "is la n ds" t h at a r e at least 10 feet apart <br />• Move lirewood at least 10 feet from any s tructu re <br />• P roper!)' d ispose of s m ok ing materia ls <br />• Be p r epared to evacuate if necessa r )' <br />5 Water Conservation <br />6 Roof Rats <br />6 In t h e Know <br />7 Committee Reports