This summer’s Firewise How-To newsletter, shows us how a small group of school students can have a big impact when it comes to making a place safer from wildfires.
The small city of Quincy, in Northern California, is located in the granite-rich Sierra Nevada valley. Quincy has relatively mild winters and the summers are hot and sunny, perfect for biking or horseback riding.
Since 2000, there have been large fires occurring with greater frequency in close proximity to the town. Typically, there have been 100 to 200 fires in the area per year. With this being a major issue for the safety of the community, students from Quincy High School’s S club took it upon themselves be a part of the 2014 Wildfire Community Preparedness Day. For their project they chose to help elderly residents with clearing flammable debris on their properties to reduce the risk of damage to their property or homes from wildfire. They picked up pine needles, fallen branches and cut brush, and then hauled it away in pickup trucks to the dump.
Read what the Quincy students themselves thought about the project in the Newsletter!