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September 18, 2019 The Julian News 5 My Thoughts by Michele Harvey continued on page 12 ONLY YOU CAN PREVENT WILDFIRES. www.smokeybear.com ONLY YOU CAN PREVENT WILDFIRES. www.smokeybear.com The most dangerous animals in the forest don’t live there. The most dangerous animals in the forest don’t live there. supplied v1 JC 85 Iris 127801 *127801 8/8/02 13:50 NOTE TO PUB: DO NOT PRINT INFO BELOW, FOR I.D. ONLY. NO ALTERING OF AD COUNCIL PSAS. 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Living in the back country of San Diego County means that we are always in danger of fire. That’s the four letter “F” word here. I have always maintained a rule that after June 1st there can be no outside work on our property using metal blades because of the danger of sparks in dry grass. These days I would amend that rule to include any month when the grasses dry out. In the summer of 2003 on our property was a grass fire that could have easily become a wild fire. We had a tenant that for the most part was lazy. However that August day around noon he decided to mow his back yard. The air temperature was well over 100 degrees. He used a lawn mower with metal blades and attempted to mow tall grasses. His mower blades hit a rock which he couldn’t see. The rock threw sparks into the grasses and lit them on fire. He gave himself heat exhaustion and he ran to his bathroom where he threw cold water on his face and vomited. Meanwhile his wife who was also working in their back yard saw the beginning of the fire. She yelled FIRE! We live next door, and my son who was lying on our couch with a horrible tooth ache heard her yelling and he yelled FIRE! so my husband Mike could hear him from our home office where Mike was working at his computer. From then, events happened quickly. Thomas jumped up from the couch and Mike’s computer crashed having nothing to do with the fire. Mike told Thomas to call 911 and grab the hose in the back yard. Mike ran to the front porch and grabbed the front yard hose which he turned on full force. Mike ran to the back yard with his hose while Thomas was manning the back yard hose which he also had turned on full pressure. Becky showed the men where the fire was and they put it out by the time Chuck Marin showed up with his CDF crew. Chuck and his crew got to our property in a very short time, and fortunately the fire didn’t move very fast so it was out by the time they drove up. The crew checked for any more burning and mopped the entire area up. Meantime, our neighbor Richard quietly walked up with a fire hose. He does things like that. The entire incident took only a few minutes and was very scary. Chuck complimented Mike and Thomas for getting the fire out so quickly and still calling 911 knowing they could use the help. Meantime, Randy, our tenant was still throwing up and splashing cold water onto his face. In October of that same year, our power went out because the Cedar Fire had begun and was already causing major problems throughout the county. For two days Thomas and I spent our daylight hours raking leaves and other plant debris away from our house. We raked to make bare dirt circles a foot in radius around our Cedar, Pine and Alder trees and it worked. The fire passed right by them. We also followed advice that we got from (then) Fire Chief Kevin Dubler. By listening to his advice, throughout the summer we cut limbs from our trees that could have caught fire if they hung too low toward tall grasses. Kevin told us to cut the limbs as far up as we could reach and that’s what we did. Thanks to Kevin’s advice, we had grass fires on our property during that horrible and scary time, but we didn’t lose our house or our trees. When the fire raged through our property it burned around but not up our trees. Oak trees have a flatter bark that the others, so they don’t tend to burn. While Thomas and I were raking I told Randy to do the same to make his house more fire safe. On the ground next to one side of his house were lots of tiny needles and tiny Alder cones. These needles and cones look very much like pine but they aren’t. Randy didn’t rake the debris from around his house. Remember I said he was lazy. Consequently, the Cedar fire which came within five feet of my house burned an entire side of his house because the needles and cones were on the ground up against his house. That’s where the firefighters had to enter the house to put down most of the fire. The firefighters also broke down the front door because Randy and Becky locked it when they evacuated and the dining room windows had to be smashed because that’s where the fire spread within the house. Their bedroom was destroyed along with their closet full of clothes, Randy’s collection of Playboy magazines and t-shirts which apparently Randy bought every time he and Becky visited somewhere. When we all returned from evacuating, Randy had a “Woe is Me” attitude because he lost so much. I had no sympathy for him. We told him what he could do to make his house more fire safe, he didn’t have a job, and he could have spent his days fire safing his house and he chose not to do it. When he and Becky first moved in, I advised them to get renter’s insurance. They didn’t. Some people don’t realize the ease with which fire can change our lives. The raking that Thomas and I did kept our house from burning. Though we weren’t able to rake the entire property, and we did lose some out buildings, we saved our house and nearly all of our trees. The Cedar Fire came within five feet of our house, but no closer. While we were raking we followed the advice of our friend Greg Courson. He told us to rake leaves and plant material into piles. When burnable debris are in piles, any fire embers that land on them won’t and can’t spread. This was very good advice and we still rake yard waste into piles. Here in the back country of San Diego County we have a four letter “F” word that isn’t a swear word. Here I’ve shown some of my personal experiences. These are my thoughts. The Shelter Valley Citizens' Corporation (SVCC) announces it's 49th annual Christmas in October fundraiser on Saturday, October 26th, 2-5 pm, at the Community Center building next to the Fire Station. This event has been our largest fundraiser since 1970. Shelter Valley is in the Anza Borrego desert just below the mountains of Julian and is considered to be part of Julian. We are a small community with an underserved population and big needs. The Annual Christmas in October event features a full course turkey dinner with all the trimmings for a $7 donation. Adults 80 years old and older as well as children under 16 accompanied by a paying adult are free! There is a much-anticipated raffle with numerous prizes, including a big screen T.V., gift certificates, as well as many other prizes, generously donated from throughout San Diego and beyond. Raffle tickets are $1 each available in advance or at the door the day of the event. Santa Clause will also be making an appearance to hand out gifts to all the children. Shelter Valley is located just 14 miles from Julian and 25 miles from Borrego Springs. Head south at Scissors' Crossing on S2 for 2 miles. SVCC is a fully self-supporting 501 C-3 organization and registered as a Tax-Exempt Corporation with the IRS and State of California. SVCC's only purpose is to improve life in our tiny, isolated desert community (pop. 360) through civic projects, community improvements, food distribution and educational activities. We support a community center and a Youth Club. We are also an authorized Red Cross disaster evacuation center having fulfilled this roll in two major San Diego County wildfires. There are no salaries and all expenses are paid through fundraising activities. We look forward to seeing you this year! Shelter Valley Making Plans For Annual Christmas In October Are You Prepared For The Next Natural Disaster? (StatePoint) The devastation of Hurricane Dorian has left an indelible mark and also served as a reminder of the importance of being prepared for the unexpected. Worldwide, 281 natural disasters impacted more than 60 million people in 2018, according to the Centre for Research on the Epidemiology of Disasters. As unexpected occurrences continue around the globe, it is important to plan how to keep your family healthy and safe in the event an emergency or national disaster strikes close to home. September is National Preparedness Month, and given recent news headlines outlining the devastation left in the wake of natural disasters, now is the perfect time to make simple preparations to ensure your family has essentials on hand for an emergency. While many comprehensive resources exist to help you build an emergency kit, the first step is to start with the basics: water, food, light, communications and first aid. An emergency preparation element often taken for granted is access to safe and potable drinking water. From earthquakes and hurricanes to floods and wildfires, natural disasters can contaminate and disrupt water supplies and systems. “During disasters, water systems are often compromised, and it may take days or even weeks for proper testing to be done and for systems to be restored,” says Alison Hill, managing director of LifeStraw, a manufacturer of water filtration systems that has been on the ground in India, Indonesia, Myanmar, Mozambique, here in the US, and most recently the Bahamas, offering support to those affected by devastating natural disasters. While most emergency preparation checklists include clean water, it can be difficult to plan for more than a few days’ supply. Emergency preparation tips suggest keeping a few gallons on hand (about a 3-day supply), however for longer-term protection and to eliminate the bulk and weight of carrying large quantities of water during an evacuation scenario, a personal filtration device stored within your at- home emergency kit or go bag provides greater flexibility and longer- term protection. Options from LifeStraw are a good choice, as they remove virtually all bacteria (99.9999 percent) and parasites (99.99 percent) that can contaminate water when systems break down or present (NAPS)—Many drivers may feel that they don’t have the time or money to address vehicle repairs immediately, but beware: Ignoring some re-pairs can get you pulled over and even ticketed. “Ignoring certain vehicle repairs may seem to save money in the short term but can lead to extra costs, such as fines or ‘fix- it’ tickets, if these prob-lems are not taken care of when they arise,” explains Rich White, executive director, Car Care Council. “In some jurisdictions, car owners may even lose their license for certain violations. A few dollars spent on simple vehicle repairs can help avoid trouble with the law.” While a vehicle is in operation, traffic laws require that certain equipment is properly installed and functioning correctly, including brakes, head-lights, turn signals, mirrors, windshields and safety belts, to name a few. The Car Care Council recommends that drivers address these four repairs right away as they present public safety concerns that can earn drivers a traffic ticket on top of a repair bill. • Non-functioning turn signals and headlights or taillights that are cracked or broken. Most states require vehicles to have functioning turn signals as well as two functioning headlights and taillights. Taillights must illuminate red; if a taillight is cracked, it can give off a white light, which is also typically a traffic violation. • Cracked windshield. If a windshield is cracked, discolored or tinted in a way that obstructs vision, drivers may get ticketed and fined. In some states, vehicle modifications, such as tinted windows, are prohibited. • License plates are unreadable. If the license plate light is out or the plate is otherwise unreadable, drivers may be pulled over. In some states this includes clear or tinted plastic license plate covers. • Loud exhaust system. A defective exhaust system that is too loud, either because it’s been modified or because it needs repairs, can be cause for a ticket. What’s considered loud depends on the state. Many states also require periodic vehicle safety inspections. For an overview by state, visit https://drivinglaws.aaa.com/tag/safety- inspection/. The Car Care Council is the source of information for the “Be Car Care Aware” consumer education campaign promoting the benefits of regular vehicle care, maintenance and repair to consumers. For the latest car care news, visit the council’s online media room at http://media.carcare.org. Free Guide To order a free copy of the popular Car Care Guide, visit www. carcare.org. Ignore These Vehicle Repairs And You May Get Pulled Over Keeping your car in good repair may keep you from getting a ticket.