Country club celebrates Firewise Community designation

  A new milestone was set in the Lake Almanor Basin when the Lake Almanor Country Club became the second residential area to work for and attain the prestigious Firewise Community Certification.

  To celebrate the achievement, the LACC Firewise Committee hosted an unveiling ceremony at the Clifford Gate on Friday, Aug. 16.

  Mike Moe, who chaired the committee, acted as master of ceremonies. In addition to welcoming honored guests, he offered a summary of the yearlong activities that led to the designation by the National Fire Prevention Association.

  “Our effort began after the Chips Fire and the subsequent visit of Plumas County Fire Prevention Specialist Sue McCourt, who spoke to the Peninsula Volunteer Fireman’s Association on Oct. 12, 2012,” Moe said.

  Impressed with what they learned, Moe, who also chairs the LACC Long-Range Planning Committee, along with fellow committee members, presented his concept of a Firewise Community to LACC board president John Davenport.

  He concurred with the concept and said the committee should continue to investigate the steps to meet its proposed goal.

  After the committee members made a recommendation to the full LACC board of directors they were given the go-ahead to establish a Firewise program within the club.

  Hand-in-hand with the community they fulfilled the criteria as set by the federal agency and far surpassed the program standard of a $2 annual per capita investment in the Firewise Community program.

  In accordance with the 2010 census, the total of 419 full-time residents would have needed to contribute a total of $838 dollars in match. Instead, the community donated $136,000, of which $71,500 represented the value of volunteer hours served and $64,000 paid to contract labor and associated expenses.

  In addition to the Firewise Community certification, the efforts of the committee and LACC community received special recognition in the form of large certificates from state Sen. Ted Gaines and Assemblyman Brian Dahle, both of whom serve California’s 1st District.

  LACC Firewise Committee members include Mike and Diane Moe, Bob and Barbara MacArthur, Tom and Terry Ortiz, Cliff Shelton and Bill Stuersel.

  Among the honored guests were Jerry Sipe, director, Plumas County Environmental Health and the Plumas County Office of Emergency Services; Plumas County Fire Prevention Specialist Sue McCourt; Plumas County District 3 Supervisor Sherrie Thrall; Plumas County Fire Safe Council coordinator Jerry Hurley; and officials from the Almanor Ranger District of the Lassen National Forest and CalFire.

  Also present for the unveiling were members of the LACC board of directors, Fire Chief Gary Pini and staff, and LACC maintenance director Mike Bagby.

  Dale Knutsen, formerly of the Almanor Basin Fire Safe Council and member of the Lake Almanor West Firewise Community Committee, also offered his congratulations to the LACC committee and community.

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