June 18, 2010
For Immediate Release
Fire - the Greatest Threat in Plumas County
Are We The Next Angora Wildfire Victims?
Today the Plumas County Civil Grand Jury published its 2010 Final Report. Detailed in it are the panel’s Findings, Recommendations, and Background Information focused on its Wildland & Structural Fire investigation:
* One-fifth of Plumas County’s parcels (many with homes, businesses, or multiple dwelling units) have been approved for development with no fire protection.
* There are no State (CAL FIRE) fire fighting units in Plumas County. This situation has left the County at risk for catastrophic fires.
* CAL FIRE has a land swap agreement with the US Forest Service in Plumas County for fire protection. The US Forest Service does not fight structure fires.
* Plumas County could be next to suffer major devastation from another Angora Wildfire that destroyed an entire community in South Lake Tahoe.
* The Plumas County Board of Supervisors has done little to protect the public from fire risk, including not acting on the advice of its own Emergency Services Advisory Committee.
* By not taking action, the Plumas County Board of Supervisors has failed to organize financial support for volunteer fire departments, the only protection against structural fires in the County.
The Plumas County Grand Jury has concerns that this situation exists in other California counties where CAL FIRE similarly has no physical presence. The Grand Jury recommends that citizens of these counties ensure they have fire fighting protection for their homes and property by contacting their local fire departments.
See the “Fire” section, page 31, in the 2009-10 Final Report found at the following web site: