This post was submitted by Kurt Larson with the Crown King, Arizona fire district, to share a success story about his community's work to reduce their wildfire risk.
Saturday June 14th 2014, permanent and part-time residents of Crown King, AZ joined forces with the Crown King Fire District staff and volunteers, as well as representatives from the US Forest Service to collect and relocate dangerous fire fuels. Crown King Firewise had been working with CKFD for several weeks encouraging property owners to create defensible space and pile brush along their roadway for the free annual Brush Round-up.
43 volunteers, equipped with an array of equipment ranging from pitchforks and shovels, to Bobcat excavators and massive dump trucks were organized under Operations Manager Linda Lombardo. The massive well-planned project enabled the group to accomplish their clean-up mission in about 5 hours. 68 property owners took the time to clear defensible space, resulting in approximately 70 loads of fire fuels delivered first to a convenient staging area – then via large dump trucks to a safe-burn site for disposition during winter months. Throughout the busy morning Safety and Hydration Officers patrolled each division – with no reported injuries, and volunteers from Crown King’s own Kids Corral delivered home-made sandwiches to hungry crews
“This was an outstanding job by all the volunteers. They have helped to make our community safe from a catastrophic wild fire event. Thanks to everyone who donated their time and equipment to the Fuels Clean Up Day”, says Crown King Fire Chief Steve Lombardo.
Immediately following the successful event, the CKFD hosted their annual “Thank you BBQ/Potluck to show their appreciation to all volunteers and firefighters who participated in the Fuels Clean Up project.
On Friday June 27th, representatives from Arizona State Department of Forestry came to Crown King to present Fire Chief Lombardo and Shannon Kukulka, President of Crown King’s Firewise Executive Committee with their official certification of a NATIONALLY-RECOGNIZED, FIREWISE COMMUNITY!