We didn’t have many people for our Ice Cream Social, but I think a lot of people were either working or out of town. Those of us who were there ate too much ice cream and had fun getting to know each other better. John Mandl gave an excellent presentation. Key points from his presentation:
- Inter-Canyon, Elk Creek and possibly other fire departments are in discussions to merge together which I think will be a big community benefit.
- Inter-Canyon bought their own super-duper chipper to help our neighborhoods.
- A number of fire departments have banded together to create a Home Assessment Program (see wildfireprepared.com). Home fire assessments cost $100. This consists of at least a 2-hour visit with the homeowner by a professional. Photos are taken and then about 4 hours is later spent writing up a report for the homeowner. The report is 25-30 pages. In our neighborhood, Rick Faber just had this done and found it extremely worthwhile.
- We had some discussion about juniper trees which I recently learned are extremely flammable and actually explode. If you have junipers anywhere near your house, it would be wise to remove them.