NORTH FORK — With temperatures climbing near the 100 degree mark, the North Fork Volunteer Fire Department Auxiliary is once again making signs available free of charge, to remind people of the constant danger of wildfire posed by one errant spark.
One year ago a group of citizens in North Fork took the threat of wildfire seriously and put up cash to make people aware of the danger.
The Auxiliary ponied up over $2,000 to purchase 1,000 bright yellow signs to remind visitors and residents alike of the very real consequences of being careless with fire.
The Auxiliary thanks those that posted signs last year AND took them down at the end of the fire season. If you put up signs and they have gone “missing,” an Auxiliary member may have removed them at the end last year’s fire season.
If you need a replacement, please send an email to Auxiliary member Ginger Foust at firstname.lastname@example.org and she will compile a list of signs that need to be reinstalled.
Please remember — these signs are not to be posted on public lands, power poles, stop signs or roadway easements, but are meant to be displayed on private property and in private businesses.
As a reminder, the Auxiliary requests that property owners who wish to display the signs live on main thoroughfares as opposed to, say, in a cul-de-sac or little-used road, to allow for maximum exposure and impact, especially for those visiting the area who may not be aware of danger with which mountain area residents live every day.
Also, everyone is asked to please commit to taking the signs down at the end fire season.
“The North Fork Volunteer Fire Department Auxiliary is trying to do its part to raise the awareness of mountain residents and visitors about the extreme fire danger in our mountains,” says Auxiliary president Sandy Chaille. “With the millions of dead trees, a single spark or runaway campfire could decimate our communities and forests. We hope that these signs will remind people of the extreme danger and result in a decreased occurrence of fires in our mountains.”
The Auxiliary finds this project to be right in line with their mission of supporting our local firefighters, as public awareness may decrease the incidents of serious wildfires, therefore protecting both our firefighters and the public.
There are a limited number of signs still available for posting this year. The Auxiliary is seeking two distribution centers as pick-up points to help get them out to the public. We need a location in Coarsegold and in Oakhurst. If you are a business that can help with holding these signs for pick up, please send Ginger an email at the address listed above.
Ninety-five percent of all wildfires are human-caused, says Cal Fire, which means almost all are preventable.
(Editor’s note: The North Fork Volunteer Fire Department Auxiliary is a 501(c)3 non profit group. The signs are absolutely free, but as a member of the NFVFDA, I invite anyone who wishes to make a donation to the cause!)