In the aftermath of the Dixie Fire, assistance for Indian Valley residents has come in many forms.
The Greenville Southern Baptist Church began a free firewood program to help residents in the aftermath of the Dixie Fire. Realizing it could help, PG&E began donating wood from hazard trees cut near power lines in Plumas County.
Using a dump truck, PG&E’s tree contractor delivers 30-cubic yards of wood each trip, or about 6.5 cords. The logs are cut to the standard 16-inches in length for firewood.
PG&E delivers the wood about once a week and is ready to scale up or down the deliveries based on the local needs.
Pastor Terry Jones of the church says anyone can collect wood at any time as it is outdoors and there is no stated limit. “People are really good at taking what they need for the time so that wood is available for others,” said Pastor Terry Jones of the GSBC. “Each truckload is a lot of wood and we’re grateful for PG&E’s contribution as it goes a long way in supplementing other wood donations.”
The church also receives donations of wood from others, such as from orchards. Jones says PG&E donates mostly pine, which is easier to burn and can help ignite the hard orchard wood.