Reports came in Sunday about a suspected arsonist arrested for setting a 5-acre fire. The fires in the Los Angeles/Ventura County area are creating trying times for all of us-but these elements are also bringing out some people who would like nothing more than to see the fire situation worsen. With one arrest, there could possibly be more people bent on destruction. Please keep an eye out for these events and if you see something-please SAY something to the local authorities. If we can stop more potential arsonists from creating more damage, we can allow our incredible fire fighters the time and resources to tackle the already existing fires.
If you SEE something -please SAY something.
The Glenn at Scripps Ranch Marks Wildfire Awareness Month with a $20,000 Donation to Scripps Ranch Fire Safe Council
Kristing Rayder (Left) of the Scripps Ranch Fire Safe Council Board accepts the check from Rick Aschenbrenner of The Glen at Scripps Ranch.
The Cedar Fire’s 15th anniversary reminds San Diego about the importance of fire safety and preparedness. The Glen at Scripps Ranch made a $20,000 donation to the Scripps Ranch Fire Safe Council to help provide 10 special fire equipment boxes to be place strategically around the Scripps Ranch fire district for first responders in the event of wildfires to help citizens evacuate the area. Equipment includes emergency vests, traffic cones and signs, flare, etc.
On hand for the check presentation were Captian Bowns (Engine 37) and crew, and Sandy Wetzel Smith, Jerry Mitchell, Karen Herreros and Kristi Rayder from Scripps Ranch Fire Safe Council.
Fire Chief Joins Scripps Ranch Fire Safe Council
San Diego Fire Chief Colin Stowell (Left) and his Deputy Chief Jim Wood joined dozens of golfers on October 20th for the 12th Annual Scripps Ranch Fire Safe Council “Play to Protect” golf tournament. The event, at The Vineyard in Escondido was held to raise funds to educate and inform the public about the dangers of wild fires in San Diego.
Pictured here are golfers Nick Bennett and Adam Rosati representing Local Blitz Marketing.
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“The Scripps Ranch Fire Safe Council was organized to protect our residents, their homes, communities and environment from wildfires”.
The Scripps Ranch Fire Safe Council started as The Chimney Canyon Fire Safe Council,established following the devastating Cedar wildfire that swept into San Diego on October 26, 2003. 312 homes were destroyed in Scripps Ranch. We were extremely fortunate. Firefighters stopped the fire within 70 feet of entering our canyon. The name Chimney Canyon came from a local fireman who, three days after the fire, told us that had the fire entered our canyon 200 more homes would likely have been destroyed.
How we grew
Determined to find a way to reduce the fire danger we were living with, we formed the first urban chapter of the California Fire Safe Council in San Diego County. Our initial mission was to remove the volatile ground fuel and create a firebreak for our neighborhood. Early in 2004 we incorporated as a 501(c)(3) Nonprofit Public Benefit Corporation. This qualified us for Federal fire prevention grants and to employ the services of the California Conservation Corps – a State youth organization formed to train Junior Foresters and first responders for disasters such as wildfires, floods, and earthquakes. In August 2004 we were awarded two U.S. Forest grants to assist in providing our neighborhood with a 100-foot firebreak.
Where we are today
In January 2005 we teamed with the Scripps Ranch Civic Association, changed our name, and extended our mission to the entire 12,000 home Scripps Ranch community. In July 2005, we formed an Alliance with 12 Federal, State, and Civic organizations to promote fire prevention in Scripps Ranch. There are now 20 neighborhood chapters and we have established firebreaks for over 900 homes. In addition, we have opened six overgrown recreational trails, removed 340 dangerous trees, and planted 165 new trees. Contributions to the FSC are tax deductible at both the Federal and State levels.
What is a Fire Safe Council?
Wildfires in San Diego are serious business, but we don’t want to miss out on the chance to have a little fun. The Scripps Ranch Fire Safe Council is sponsoring our 11th Annual Golf Tournament at The Vineyard in Escondido. Click HERE for more information, and sign up now.