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Building community through Wildfire: Quincy Firewise welcomes Bill Jacks on April 26

Submitted by Sally McGowan


The Quincy Firewise meeting will be held Wednesday evening, April 26, at 5 p.m. at the West End Theatre inside Quintopia. This month we will hear from Bill Jacks about the fuel reduction project conducted above Quincy High School a few weeks ago.  Like all fuel reduction projects, it is collaborative in nature and requires cooperation and communication between numerous agencies. In this case, Bill worked with the faith-based organization Labor of Love, Plumas Unified School District, Plumas Fire Safe Council, Northern Sierra Air Quality Management District, and Plumas Underburn Association.

Loyal attendees will recall last month’s presentation by Greg Kinne which sparked lots of interest and appreciation for his work on the The Knolls project. Bill Jacks is also a dedicated and passionate underburn practitioner whose vision is ambitious and stretches across the County:  “I intend to fire harden Plumas County communities, by stewarding the fire prone Wildland Urban Interface (WUI) with frequent prescribed fire an essential and critical ecological process with the ability to replace catastrophic fire,he said.

Bill lives in Quincy and studied fire ecology and prescribed fire with Mike Yost at Feather River College.  He went on to earn his Bachelor of Science degree at Humboldt State University. Bill worked as a permanent full-time professional wildland firefighter for the US Forest Service and as a lead firefighter with the Plumas County Hotshots.  Since 2013, he has sought to prescribe fire at every opportunity. Currently, Bill is honing his craft while participating in CARx Burn Boss training.

We expect that Bill’s presentation will be engaging and instructive about the role prescribed fire can play in protecting our forests and human values from the devastating effects of wildfire.

Last month’s attendance hit a new record with 45 attendees!  Thanks for coming out to support Quincy Firewise and its efforts to reduce the risk of catastrophic wildfire devastation in our community. If you haven’t attended one of our Wednesday meetings, please join us.

This month we will have a drawing for a high-quality pine needle rake purchased locally and guaranteed to make your spring cleanup easier.

Quincy Firewise is a local volunteer group making efforts to create a more fire- aware and fire-prepared community. We invite all Quincy residents, including those from surrounding areas and other Firewise Communities, to join us the last Wednesday of every month from 5-6 pm at the West End Theater inside Quintopia. In addition to monthly guest speakers, we provide up to date information on home/property insurance, evacuation preparedness, home hardening tips, and home ignition zone design.

When:  Wednesday, April 26 from 5-6 pm (meetings are scheduled the 4th Wednesday of every month)

Where:  West End Theatre inside of Quintopia

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