California Fire Safe Council (CFSC) attends the Sonoma County Fair August 10-12
As 17 fires burned across the state this past month, the California Fire Safe Council attended three county fairs; San Diego, Ventura and the Sonoma County Fair in Santa Rosa, scene of devastating fires last winter.
The California Fire Safe Council (CFSC) and Farmers Insurance ®
joined the Sonoma County Fire Safe Council, Mayacamas Fire Safe Council, Insurance Information Institute, Santa Barbara Fire Safe Council, Ready America and Fire and Emergency Agencies at the Fair, August 10-12.
“The Fair experienced record numbers of residents from throughout northern California,” said Jerry Davies, Chair of the California Fire Safe Council. “CFSC, Sonoma FSC, Santa Barbara FSC, Mayacamas FSC, III and Ready America booths were right next to each other on the main street of the Fair. Many Sonoma County residents stopped by and visited the booths of their local FSCs.”
The Farmers Insurance ® Catastrophe Claims bus was stationed next to the CFSC booths and a steady stream of fairgoers were able to go aboard and tour the claims and data stations throughout the three days.
Four Ready America Emergency quake and disaster kits were raffled during the fair. The winners were notified and the kits were delivered to them.
“Our FSC is brand new in Lake County,” said Mayacamas FSC representative Linda Wagner. .“We are pleased to be a part of the Sonoma County Fair. I had a chance to talk to several Mayacamas residents about our new FSC and its goals.”
Janet Ruiz, West Coast Representative of the Insurance Information Institute provided insurance claims information to many residents who suffered damage to their homes or lost their homes.
Sonoma Fire Safe Council member Roberta McIntyre, a retired Sonoma County firefighter, and documentary filmmaker was there to talk to many Sonoma residents who suffered losses in the fires last winter. “Questions of interest included replacing roofs after fire damage and where to find information on preparing their homes for the next fire,” she said. Ms. McIntyre is currently working on a Sonoma County Fire documentary featuring all phases of the fires that struck last winter.
Michael Williams, Santa Barbara Fire Safe Council member and President of the Fire Services Training Institute was able to discuss the devastating Thomas Fire last winter and offered information to residents asking about what needs to be done now that fires in California are year-round.
The Mendocino Complex Fire, northeast of Santa Rosa, was raging as the Sonoma County Fair finished its last three days with record numbers of visitors. The fire is made up of the River Fire and Ranch Fire, and August 13, claimed the life of a brave fireman from Utah. With over 350,000 acres burned and 115 homes destroyed, it has now been declared the largest fire in California history.
The California Fire Safe Council sends its heartfelt condolences to the family of the fallen firefighter.