Karen Morcomb stands next to her new address sign in front of her home on Main Street. These signs have white reflective numbers that can be read easily at night. Photo submitted

Greenville residents take steps to become Firewise Community

By Meg Upton

     Greenville has a new Firewise committee of 11 people who are meeting monthly to set plans in place to make Greenville a certified Firewise Community.

Ken Bailey stands in front of five address signs in his Genesee neighborhood. There are also individual signs on each driveway off this main road. Photo submitted

  A major component of getting Greenville fire safe is to get residents on board with easy to read reflective green signs with street address numbers on them. Indian Valley residents can now pick up forms at Village Drug to buy a $10 sign. The signs help first responders in emergency vehicles find homes more quickly in case of fire or medical emergencies (they are also available in Taylorsville at Young’s Market for Taylorsville and Genesee Valley residents).

     The Greenville Fire Wise boundaries include the bottom of the grade (Mt. Hough Estates), downtown Greenville, homes along the highway to the bottom of the grade going to Canyon Dam, Greenville/Wolf Creek Road to just past the apartments, Main Street to Pecks Valley Rd, Williams Creek Rd, Pecks Valley Rd and the Hideaway loop.

     The committee has been handing out the “Plumas County Living With Fire” brochure, which details how to harden your home and defensible space around it against a wildfire. They’ve also handed out a form where residents can keep track of their hours spent making their yard and home fire safe, also with personal funds spent on fire safety.

     The Fire Wise committee will collect the forms for the Fire Safe organization to collect the data to determine if the hours and funds spent meet the criteria to designate Greenville a designated Firewise Community.

     Communities that become Firewise stand a better chance with insurance carriers reconsidering rates and reconsidering possible cancelations—a reality many in northern California have seen in the last decade as yearly fire seasons have grown more and more destructive.

     “Insurance companies are starting to pay attention to communities that are making a conscious effort to make their areas safer and are reconsidering rates,” said Marsha Roby from the Firewise committee.

     There will be an official pre-assessment of the area by the Forest Service, Fire Chief, Fire Safe Council and community members this July. The committee is creating a facebook page for further information.

     The Greenhaven area, Crescent Mills and Indian Falls are also creating Firewise Communities.

      The next Greenville Fire Safe Committee meeting will be on Monday July 5 at 5:30 p.m. at Feather River Properties on Crescent Highway adjacent to Nellz Town Pump.

     For more information please call Marsha Roby at (530) 284-6534.