The Kenwood Press|
Kenwood Fire Chief Daren Bellach
On behalf of Kenwood Fire Protection District, the Board of Directors and Kenwood Volunteer Firefighters’ Association, I would like to thank you for all your support.
Fire season is hereThe warm days and nights, lack of dew, and windy afternoons really dry out vegetation. If you live in grassy/brushy areas, the law requires that you maintain a 100-foot perimeter clearance around your home, barns or other buildings. The first 30 feet should be cleared of dead grass, leaves, brush and other vegetation. The remaining 70 feet should also be cleared, particularly low hanging tree branches. This will give firefighters the best opportunity to protect you and your property. I encourage you to visit the website below for more information on protecting yourself and your family from wildfires, and please feel free to stop by the fire station for further guidance. www.fire.ca.gov/communciations/communications_firesafety_100feet.php.
Lawnmowers can ignite wildfiresIn dry grass, a simple spark from a lawnmower blade hitting a rock can cause a tremendous and fast-moving fire. Clear dead grass and brush, but make sure you do it the right way. Use power equipment early in the morning, before 10 a.m. on cool mornings. Do not use equipment during the heat of the day or when the wind is blowing. Never use lawnmowers on dry grass or brush. Make sure you remove rocks around the area before operating equipment. Be sure your portable, gas-powered equipment has a spark arrester for the exhaust pipe and never re-fuel while equipment is hot from use. These simple tips can help avoid a disaster.
Locked gates can impede firefighting effortsThe County of Sonoma and Kenwood Fire Protection District require that locked and/or gated properties have a Knox box (rapid entry system) to allow for emergency vehicle access. Providing the fire district with your gate code is no longer accepted. In the event of an emergency, public safety personnel may have to force entry through gates without properly installed Knox boxes. If you do not have a Knox box for your gates, please go online at www.sonoma-county.org/fire/fs_ps_knoxkey.htm and register to purchase one with the County of Sonoma.
Help us find your propertyEven with all the locating technology, nothing beats a visible, reflective address sign. Sonoma County Permit and Resource Management Department – Fire Safe Ordinance – requires that all property addresses be clearly marked with a reflective address sign with letters no less than four inches in size. The address sign needs to be posted where your driveway meets the road and must be visible from both sides, and the address also needs to be posted on your home. You can buy them at any sign shop and we have the signs available for $25. Come and see us at the firehouse.
Again, I would like to thank you for all your support, and if you or someone you know in our community would like to become a volunteer firefighter, please contact us at 833-2042, or simply stop by the fire station Monday-Friday during business hours.