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Faith Berry
El Cajon, CA
Southwest 1 Regional Firewise Advisor
Interests: Firewise Communities/USA recognition program, Firewise landscaping, Firewise hardscaping, Firewise principles, Fire Adapted Communities, wildfire mitigation, wildland-urban interface, WUI, WUI regulations, , community outreach, wildland fire, home safety
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Members of the tribal fire mitigation crew and the Redwood Valley Rancheria Community. Tribal Administrator Zhao Qui on right NFPA's Firewise Communities program is so pleased to confer Firewise Communities/USA recognition on Redwood Valley Rancheria, the first tribal community in California to earn this honor. The small community is located... Continue reading
Posted Dec 11, 2013 at Fire Break – Wildfire Safety Blog
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The Kohala by the Sea Firewise Community with Hawaii Fire Department Chief, Darren Rosario and Firewise Communities Coordinator for the State of Hawaii, Denise Laitinen. (Photograph courtesy Denise Laitinen) During a special ceremony on Tuesday, December 3, at 1 p.m., Kohala by the Sea, a homeowners association on the Big... Continue reading
Posted Dec 10, 2013 at Fire Break – Wildfire Safety Blog
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Mount Laguna is a community in San Diego, CA with a population of 57 permanent residents and about 150 part time residents. The community is located in east San Diego County at an elevation of 6,000'. The community has been designated a high risk community to wildfires. This last summer... Continue reading
Posted Dec 3, 2013 at Fire Break – Wildfire Safety Blog
Thanksgiving generally has one of the greatest home fire starts from cooking. It is important to make sure that you follow some tips to make sure that you have a safe and fun holiday while we are already spoiling our diets! According to an NFPA blog posted on November 16th... Continue reading
Posted Nov 20, 2013 at Fire Break – Wildfire Safety Blog
California has increased the number of recognized Firewise Communities by 9 with this new community this year alone. The new community is Lookout/Lookout Ranchettes in Modoc County, California. They were assisted in their formation by neighboring Firewise Commnities in Lassen County! Dan Douglas, the Director and Education Coordinator and Tom... Continue reading
Posted Nov 20, 2013 at Fire Break – Wildfire Safety Blog
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At a Friday afternoon session here at Backyards & Beyond, Ryan Babcock, the Open Space Manager for the Genesee Foundation Homeowners Association and also a member of the Genesee Fire and Rescue talked about the successes and challenges the Genesee community has faced over the past 11 years. As a... Continue reading
Posted Nov 15, 2013 at Fire Break – Wildfire Safety Blog
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Carrie Dennett and Faith Berry visited two very unique Arizona Communities. The first visit was to a Homeowners Association meeting in Aravaipa (“Ar-ah-vie-pah”) Canyon East, a community that is part of the Dudleyville Fire District. The second community visit was to the San Carlos Apache Reservation outside of Globe Arizona.... Continue reading
Posted Oct 29, 2013 at Fire Break – Wildfire Safety Blog
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Popular Mechanics Magazine was first published in January 1902. It promotes articles that help the reader master the modern world, presenting trusted information about his home, his car, and his technology and the world around him. The magazine has a circulation of over 1 million readers. In the November 2013... Continue reading
Posted Oct 24, 2013 at Fire Break – Wildfire Safety Blog
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I was asked by a friend and colleague Annabelle Cornejo, Public Relations Officer for the Cleveland National Forest to assist at a San Diego City Wide Expo that would provide residents with information they needed to be better prepared during a wildfire event. The expo was hosted by the Sharp... Continue reading
Posted Oct 7, 2013 at Fire Break – Wildfire Safety Blog
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Grizzly Flats a recognized Firewise Communities/USA® site for 5 years in California has been working hard to educate residents about the risks of wildfire and how residents can take action to lessen their risk of loss during a wildfire event. Grizzly Flats is a community with a population of about... Continue reading
Posted Oct 2, 2013 at Fire Break – Wildfire Safety Blog
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The latest fire in California, the Morgan Fire, has forced the evacuation of 100 homes in the Clayton community near San Francisco and to date, has doubled in size. The fire is yet another reminder that 2013 has been a terrible fire season in which watersheds and natural resources have... Continue reading
Posted Sep 10, 2013 at Fire Break – Wildfire Safety Blog
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There has been an interesting high-tech development in the battle against the Rim Fire in and around Yosemite National Park in California, which started August 17th. According to the InciWeb website, the fire, located 3 miles east of Groveland, has already burned 199,237 acres [311 square miles]. To date, 4,500... Continue reading
Posted Aug 30, 2013 at Fire Break – Wildfire Safety Blog
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None of us ever wants to have to make a 911 call. In an emergency -- especially a wildfire emergency -- knowing how to make a good call can improve response time, make it safer for emergency responders, and even help create a much better outcome! It is hard to... Continue reading
Posted Aug 16, 2013 at Fire Break – Wildfire Safety Blog
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You can be an ambassador for Firewise Communities where you live! Do you live in a community that is not Firewise yet? Or perhaps you live next door to a community that is not yet aware of Firewise principles. Using the Firewise toolkit and other materials available free on line... Continue reading
Posted Aug 14, 2013 at Fire Break – Wildfire Safety Blog
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Firewise garden in Big Bear Lake, California California has a growing legacy of Firewise Community support. As I visited Napa County last week, I was told by residents and a county supervisor how supportive CAL FIRE’s Kate Dargan was in assisting communities with obtaining Firewise recognition. Kate later become the... Continue reading
Posted Jul 24, 2013 at Fire Break – Wildfire Safety Blog
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Southern California has seen fire season start early with large wildfires consuming tremendous amounts of acreage. Temperatures have been in the triple digits and humidity is at an all-time high, similar to the conditions found in Arizona during the Yarnell Hill Fire, which claimed the lives of 19 firefighters. I... Continue reading
Posted Jul 18, 2013 at Fire Break – Wildfire Safety Blog
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Across the west a heat wave with triple digit temperatures have contributed to low humidity in local vegetation and large wildfires this season already. Yesterday 18 firefighters from the Prescott Fire Department’s Hot Shot crew and one other firefighter were tragically killed in the Yarnell Hill Fire in an area... Continue reading
Posted Jul 1, 2013 at Fire Break – Wildfire Safety Blog
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In most communities throughout the United States it is necessary to get a permit to burn slash piles. It is important to burn only when it is allowed by your state forester or other permitting agency. Make sure that you follow the guidelines carefully; if a wildland fire is started... Continue reading
Posted Jun 7, 2013 at Fire Break – Wildfire Safety Blog
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As I left Southern California for Trinity County in Northern California to teach a workshop about Firewise principles, I saw a large plume of smoke. As reported by the UPI.com, 3,600 acres have already burned in the Powerhouse Fire as of Saturday north of Los Angeles in the Santa Clarita... Continue reading
Posted Jun 3, 2013 at Fire Break – Wildfire Safety Blog
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I was invited by Ryan S. Shane, a Resource Management officer with the Nevada Division of Forestry, to assist with a visit to the community of Jarbidge on May 8. It’s located in a very remote area of Elko County, Nevada, on the Idaho border. From Elko, it was a... Continue reading
Posted May 16, 2013 at Fire Break – Wildfire Safety Blog
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Many gun enthusiasts enjoy target shooting outdoors. Target shooting is a great way to improve hand/ eye coordination skills. Unsafe target shooting practices have resulted in wildfires including the recent Goat Fire in Washington State above Alta Lake which burnt 73,378 acres according to a February 16 2013 article, “Exploding... Continue reading
Posted Apr 25, 2013 at Fire Break – Wildfire Safety Blog
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Campfires have been enjoyed since humanity’s earliest history. It is Spring break for many and soon we will be enjoying those warm summer months when campfires are a favorite pastime. A highlight of the warmer season is roasting marshmallows and making those old favorites s’mores around the campfire. What wonderful... Continue reading
Posted Mar 25, 2013 at Fire Break – Wildfire Safety Blog
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In Riverside County a wildfire (Jurupa Fire), February 28 - March 3 included voluntary evacuations in the areas of Greenbrier Trail and Grassy Trail in the City of Riverside. At one point 1,846 residents of Riverside were without power. Some of the cooperating agencies that assisted were: CAL FIRE/Riverside, Corona... Continue reading
Posted Mar 7, 2013 at Fire Break – Wildfire Safety Blog
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NFPA's Wildland Fire Operations Division sponsored a booth at the Firehouse World Expo in San Diego last month to share its resources with various fire agencies looking for tools to help them succeed in their efforts to reduce wildfire risk in their communities. It was exciting to be located next... Continue reading
Posted Mar 6, 2013 at Fire Break – Wildfire Safety Blog
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When I attended the recent Wildfire Prevention Regional Conference hosted by the California Fire Safe Council, I met Mark Thibideau, a Forest Service Fire Prevention Technician working for the Shasta-Trinity National Forest at a booth promoting “One Less Spark, One Less Wildfire.” This is a unique fire prevention campaign that... Continue reading
Posted Feb 14, 2013 at Fire Break – Wildfire Safety Blog