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Free ‘BurnWise’ workshop

The Northern Sierra Air Quality Management District is hosting a Fall BurnWise Workshop at the Portola Veteran’s Hall, 449 W. Sierra Ave., Saturday, Nov. 23, from 2 to 4 p.m.

Admission is free and the first 20 people to sign in will receive goodie bags.

Attendees can enjoy a slice of pumpkin pie and a hot cup of coffee or cocoa while Sue McCourt, Fire Prevention Specialist of Plumas County OES, speaks about the importance of fire safety, from fuel to proper disposal of ashes.

Portola Firewise will also be engaged in outreach with the community, highlighting the vital nature of fire preparedness, the dangers of wildfire, and ways to prepare your home and stay safe.

This workshop will have a focus around fuel, highlighting the importance of burning dry, seasoned wood, with a moisture content below 20 percent, and attendees will be shown ways to determine if wood is at an optimal point to burn.

This leads to the question of storage, and how to keep your wood supply dry through the winter season, which will also be addressed at the workshop.

Four attendees have a chance to win one of four wood sheds locally crafted by the construction class at Portola Junior/Senior High School by attending and entering a free drawing, with funding made available for the wood shed program through the Greater Portola Wood Stove Change-Out Program.

Other hot topics at this workshop include the importance of regular chimney sweeps and how to prevent a flue fire, with a flue fire demonstration by Eastern Plumas Rural Fire Protection District, along with much more.

This event is sponsored by the Air Quality Management District and the Eastern Plumas Rural Fire Department, and all involved look forward to sharing this important information along with an afternoon of fun with the community.

For more information, contact the Air Quality Management District at 832-0102.

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