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2011 KFES_Field Trip

Surrounded by the steep expanses of the western Klamath Mountains lies the community of Orleans, CA, a region rich with biodiversity. Despite recently joining the ranks of Firewise communities in 2011, Orleans has been working tirelessly since 2001 to defend the area from wildfires. Teaming up with the local volunteer fire department along with the Karuk Tribe, a Native American tribe that has lived in the area for thousands of years, the Orleans community has taken strong actions against wildfire that has ultimately protected the entire area. Due to their dedicated efforts, Orleans was recently announced as one of five winners of the 2013 Firewise Challenge, earning $5,000 to put towards future Firewise efforts thanks to the generous support of State Farm, NFPA’s partner in the Firewise Challenge.

To find out more about how the Orleans community became a winner of the Firewise Challenge, read their full story here!

Yarnell Hill Fire memorial 

Photo Credit:The Republic

This Monday, June 30 marks the one year anniversary of the tragic day when 19 members of the Granite Mountain Hotshot crew were killed outside Yarnell, Arizona in the Yarnell Hill Fire. To honor their loss the City of Prescott AZ is observing the anniversary with a moment of silence and ringing of the bell at 4:42pm; along with an honor guard ceremony beginning at 4pm. A reading of the names of the 19 firefighters that perished will be read by Patrick McCarty, a former Granite Mountain Hotshot; along with words from newly appointed Prescott Fire Chief Dennis Light. 

Take just five seconds right now and add an entry into your electronic calendar and join the residents of Yarnell in paying tribute to these 19 firefighters at 4:42pm (MST) on Monday, June 30. 

Prescott is also planning the following tributes:

Tribute hike:  Participants will follow members of the Prescott Fire Department along the Thumb Butte Trail, a popular workout spot for the Granite Mountain Hotshots at 9am on June 30.  The hike to the summit takes approximately 45 minutes.

"A Fire Department Remembers": An exhibit honoring the lives of the 19 fallen Granite Mountain Hotshots will be on display from June 29 – July 5 at the Hotel St. Michael. The exhibit includes items left outside the team's base at Fire Station 7.

Tribute Fence Preservation Project: Arizona State Library, Archives and Public Records and Prescott Public Library will unveil a virtual museum containing some of the more than 10,000 items collected and archived from the fence at Station 7 – the former home of the Granite Mountain Hotshots. Hundreds of visitors left t-shirts, photos, artwork, candles, crosses and more that filled a chain-link fence surrounding the station. The digital project debuts June 30.

Please share this blog with your Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and email friends and ask them to also add it to their calendars, and to share it with their friends too.  Let's all take time to honor their lives with a simple moment of silence!  

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