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Plumas County Fire Safe Council awards certificates of recognition

The Plumas County Fire Safe Council announced the newest recipients in the Fire Safe Recognition Program. This award identifies, and publicly acknowledges, outstanding fire safety accomplishments in Plumas County.

A personalized certificate was presented at the June 9 meeting to the following community members who have demonstrated initiative and leadership through their actions and accomplishments.


Recipient: Bill Davies

Submitter: Sue McCourt

Bill Davies is to be commended for his passion in wildfire preparedness in the Lake Almanor Basin. Bill was a key player working with Plumas County Office of Emergency Services in creating a wildfire evacuation plan for the Seneca area. His efforts continued when he became the leader of the Seneca Firewise Community in 2019 bringing his community together. Under his leadership this small community joined forces to further their wildfire preparation of structures and fuels around their cabins and established relationships with the public agencies as well as the Plumas Fire Safe Council to get fuel reduction projects started around the community.

Bill also is a member of the Hamilton Branch East Shore Lake Almanor Firewise group where he shares information and brings people together to learn more about Firewise education and fuel reduction projects in that area. Bill’s knowledge of forestry practices and being such an active resident of the Lake Almanor area has been a tremendous asset to wildfire preparedness in this region – this is further demonstrated by his sound management on his Seneca property. Small rural communities are in dire need of good examples that we can all rally around – Bill Davies is just that example, so, thank you Bill for all you have done for your community for many years as well as your participation in the Plumas Firesafe Council efforts! – Sue McCourt

Recipient: Bob and Sarah Pahlow

Submitter: Gary Parque

Bob and Sarah Pahlow have both been outstanding citizens in the part they have taken in helping with fuel reductions and Firewise programs in their community of Valley Ranch. Bob was one of the first people to volunteer as a community outreach monitor/assistant to myself and the Valley Ranch community members for participation in the PCFSC chipping program.  Bob actively consulted in both overseeing and preparing the administrative paperwork needed for submission by individual community members to insure their homesites were included in the program. Sarah became involved with fuels reduction and the fund raising to help save the historic White Sulphur Springs Ranch Hotel including the Stage Stop/Hot Springs Baths and Swimming Pool. These two have gone above and beyond to help serve their fellow community members. I am so late in recognizing him and his wife for all they have done -thank you Bob and Sarah – Gary Parque

The nomination process and guidelines are available on the PCFSC website, , under the Recognition tab.  A Certificate of Recognition will be awarded to any person, business or community that acted in a manner which helped to reduce the losses from wildfires.

 Anyone can nominate a candidate they feel is deserving. A subcommittee will then review the nominees and submit to the Board for a vote to honor the nominee(s) with a certificate. Initially the goal will be to have an announcement at the monthly meetings, which takes place the second Thursday of every month.

For more information on all programs the Fire Safe Council has to offer please visit the PCFSC website: www.plumasfiresafe.org. There are many outreach programs outlined for assistance opportunities and Fire Preparedness.

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