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What is the Willow Creek Fire Safe Council?
What does the Willow Creek Fire Safe Council actually do?
Who Can Join the Fire Safe Council?
How can I protect my house from a wildland fire?

What is a Community Wildfire Protection Plan?

What is the Willow Creek Fire Safe Council?

We are a group of volunteers dedicated to helping residents protect ourselves and our communities from wildland fire.  We work in collaboration with various public and private agencies, organizations, business and private property owners to plan and implement projects to reduce the risk of catastrophic loss from wildfire in the communities along the Lower Trinity River.  We provide information and community activites to increase public awareness of wildfire risk and ways to protect ourselves. You can read about our mission and objectives by clicking here.
The Willow Creek Fire Safe Council is incororated as a nonprofit public benefit coportation in the State of California.  The IRS has determined the Willow Creek Fire Safe Council to be exempt from Federal income tax under IRS Code section 501(c)(3) as a public charity.  The State of California Franchise Tax Board has determined us to be income tax exempt and California Revenue and Taxation Code section 23701d.
Board of Directors meetings are held the first Thursday of each month from 7-9 PM at the building behind the Lower Trinity Ranger District office on Highway 96 in Willow Creek.  Anyone who wants to come is encouraged to attend our meeteings!

Who Can Join the Fire Safe Council?

Membership is open to everyone!  Annual membership dues are only $5 per person per calendar year.  Membership meetings are held in April, July, and October.  Directors of the corporation are elected by members at the annual membership meeting on the first Thursday in October at 6pm, locations as posted.

What does the Willow Creek Fire Safe Council actually do?
The Willow Creek Fire Safe Council implements a lot of projects first hand.  We conduct chipper days for the community to help people clear the brush around their homes.  We assist the elderly of the community in keeping their homes fire safe, and help keep our community clean by working in the adopt-a-highway program.  The council also directs and works with other community groups like the Sheriff's SWAP crew to implemnt larger projects.

More recently, the council has applied for and recieved grant money from the government that it will use to implement more, larger fuels reduction projects.  Click HERE to see some pictures of some of our projects in the community. The Willow Creek Fire Safe Council also works with  Federal, State, County, and local agencies to coordinate their projects and communicate prioirities for their fuels reduction projects.  An important part of this process is building and maintaining a CWPP (see below) .  The council  also works with the community by sponsoring fun AND educational events like the St. Patricks Day Dance and the Fire Safe Day Fair.  Looking around at this website will help you learn more about our mission, projects, and

How can I protect my house from a wildland fire?

Click HERE to follow a link to a site from the California Department of Forestry (CDF) on defensible space.  It also might be a good idea to JOIN THE FIRE SAFE COUNCIL!
There are also a series of videos on making you home fire safe, you can find them by clicking here.
Find more lnformation on the LINKS PAGE

What is a Community Wildfire Protection Plan (CWPP) ?
The CWPP enables a community to plan how it will reduce the risk of wildfire. The plan identifies strategic sites and methods for fuel reduction projects across the landscape and jurisdictional boundaries. Benefits of having a CWPP include National Fire Plan funding priority for projects identified in a CWPP. The United States Forest Service and the Bureau of Land Management can expedite the implementation of fuel treatments, identified in a CWPP, through alternative environmental compliance options offered under the HFRA. (FROM  http://www.cafirealliance.org/cwpp/).  HFRA Stand for the Healthy Forest Restoration Act, an act that was first passed in 2003 to help protect communities and resources from wildland fire.
CLICK HERE To read about the WIllow Creek CWPP.