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From the October 2011 Battle Mountain News

posted Jul 3, 2014, 1:24 PM by Joe Christy

Mercurial Weather For The End Of Fire Season

As I write this, there was dry lightning to our South last night, rain is a possibility for tonight, and hot weather is to return next week. Dry lightning is second only to human carelessness in starting wildfires, and a light early rain will only quell the threat of fire for a few hours. Autumn is the peak of fire season.

This is an excellent time to clean your roof and gutters of fallen needles and leaves, to be sure that the screens on your soffit and attic vents are in good condition. Fall frequently brings fire to the Wildland-Urban Interface, and homes are ignited most frequently not by radiative heat from burning vegetation, but by wind-borne firebrands finding their way onto forest litter on roofs and into un-screened vents.

FSC Board Elections

At our mid-November Annual meeting, four board seats will be up for election. As a community organization, we can only thrive with your involvement. It's not too late to throw your hat into the ring, and take a leadership role in the Council!

In order to serve on the FSC Board, you must live or work in the area, and have either participated in an FSC project, event or workshop or contributed at least $20 in cash in the prior year. To nominate someone, please email us at: or write us at 150 McGivern Way, Santa Cruz, CA 95060, before October 10, 2010. Nominations from the community must be seconded in the same period to the same addresses. In order to become a candidate, you must accept the nomination. Candidates will be announced in mid-October. For more information about what we do or how to run for the board, email us or contact Val Haley at 425-1587.

We're A Tax Deductible Charity Organization

In early September, the IRS accepted our application and now the Bonny Doon Fire Safe Council is a 501(c)(3) public charity, so your $20 membership is now tax deductible. Of course, larger donations are welcome, so if you can't serve, have been to busy to take part in one of our workshops, or your neighborhood hasn't taken part in one of our early grant-funded projects, you can still support our mission to educate and mobilize the people of the Ben Lomond Mountain to protect our community, homes and environment from wildfire.