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Updates from The Chair

August 31, 2021

AFFSC Friends,

Please see the message below from the El Dorado County Fire Safe Council.  I encourage you to share with anyone you think might be in need of assistance relating to the effects of the Caldor Fire.

Take care of yourself and each other.

Janet

Janet Barentson, Chair

Aukum Fairplay Fire Safe Council

I hope this email finds you safe. I want to share with you that the Department has currently set up in person Local Assistance Centers (LAC) to help wildfire survivors in El Dorado County. Please come and talk to the staff from the California Department of Insurance at the following Local Assistance Center (LAC) and share this with your community. Below is the location and timings:

El Dorado County LAC – Caldor Fire

El Dorado Center of Folsom Lake College
6699 Campus Dr.
Placerville, CA 95667

Dates and Hours of Operation (Additionally, please check the link below before visiting):
8/30/21, Monday 10:00am to 5:00pm 
8/31/21, Tuesday 10:00am to 5:00pm
9/1/21, Wednesday 1:00pm to 7:00pm 
9/2/21, Thursday 10:00am to 5:00pm
9/3/21, Friday 10:00am to 5:00pm

Below is the link for the LAC update:

http://www.insurance.ca.gov/01-consumers/140-catastrophes/LACs.cfm

For your information and to share with your communities as you deem appropriate.

Stay safe and well.

Steve Willis

Lakehills Fire Safe Council

EDC Fire Safe Council

August 30, 2021

AFFSC Friends,

Please see the link below for downgrades to evacuation orders from mandatory to warnings and the elimination of evacuation warnings for certain areas in our community.  Please make sure you heed the direction of law enforcement and firefighters these areas are repopulated.

https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/photos/CAENF/2021-08-15-0910-Caldor-Fire/related_files/pict20210730-172117-0.pdf

While we are locally turning the corner towards the end of this terrible incident, please keep in mind those who are facing losses of their property, those who are just now dealing with fire in their communities, and the thousands of first responders who are making their best effort to keep everyone safe. 

Take care of each other.

Janet

August 22,2021

From Janet Barentson
AFFSC Friends,

Please see the following news releases distributed by the California Department of Insurance, and shared by the El Dorado County Fire Safe Council.  Please share this information with friends and neighbors who have been affected by this tragic event.

Please stay safe, follow the orders from fire officials and law enforcement, and take care of one another.

Janet
Janet Barentson, Chair
Aukum Fairplay Fire Safe Council

Councils: Good Afternoon and we hope everyone is staying safe.

Recently there have been a couple of insurance related news releases out from the California Department of Insurance with a request that they be forwarded out to residents and communities.

I am attaching the links to these documents here for your information in case you have not seen them. This is for your information and distribution to your communities as you deem appropriate.

The links are also available on the Ca. Dept. of insurance website; http://www.insurance.ca.gov/0400-news/0100-press-releases/2021/

Wildfire survivors now covered by new insurance protections http://www.insurance.ca.gov/0400-news/0100-press-releases/2021/release078-2021.cfm

Consumer alert: Wildfire evacuees could be eligible for expenses under their current insurance policy Consumer alert: Wildfire evacuees could be eligible for expenses under their current insurance policy

Stay well and thank you for all you do.

Steve Willis
Lakehills Fire Safe Council
EDC Fire Safe Council

August 19,2021

AFFSC Friends,

El Dorado County has developed a Caldor Fire Information Website, at https://www.edcgov.us/Pages/Caldor-Fire.aspx, which consolidates information regarding the status of the Caldor Fire, Evacuation and Shelter information, and resources to assist with recovery.  Additionally, it includes information about how to vote if you are displaced from your home or unable to retrieve your ballot.  This is a good resource page, and will most likely be updated for additional recovery resources as that becomes available.

Please share this website with our community members who have been affected by this tragedy.

As always, stay safe and take care of each other.

Janet

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AFFSC Friends,

Please see the informative email below from the El Dorado County Fire Safe Council on how we can help our neighbors affected by the Caldor Fire.

Please continue to stay safe, take care of one another, and keep those who have lost their homes and property in your thoughts.

Janet

Janet Barentson, Chair

Aukum Fairplay Fire Safe Council

From: Ken Pimlott
Good Evening Councils:

Many of you have inquired how to support our fellow community members during this time of need. In addition to the Red Cross relief efforts that I shared earlier, The El Dorado Community Foundation has established a Caldor Fire Fund. The following is a link to their donation page:

https://edcf.fcsuite.com/erp/donate/create?funit_id=1792

The El Dorado County Community Foundation has also established the following link for impacted residents to apply for relief:

https://app.smarterselect.com/programs/75567-El-Dorado-Community-Foundation

Please share this information with your community members. As a resident of the El Dorado County, I could not be more proud of our community during this challenging emergency. You truly embody the spirit of neighbor helping neighbor. 

Please be safe.

Ken Pimlott

Chair, EDCFSC

February 17, 2021

All,

Given the fire activity and evacuations in our area, I am cancelling tomorrow’s AFFSC August Council Meeting.

Please look for Calder Fire updates and evacuation information at the following websites:

https://www.fire.ca.gov/incidents/2021/8/14/caldor-fire/

https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/7801/

The next Council meeting is scheduled for September 15, 2021.

Be safe and take care of each other!

Janet 

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AFFSC Friends,

The Calder Fire is certainly on our minds and we should be paying close attention to information coming out through social media and the various websites.

https://www.fire.ca.gov/incidents/2021/8/14/caldor-fire/

https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/7801/

Impending weather will be impacting the fire area:

“An unusually gusty early season northerly wind event is expected Tuesday through Wednesday night with increasing wind flows area-wide today. Based on how flammable the fuels are, current & newly ignited fires will likely spread rapidly, especially when there is wind-slope alignment. Today through Wednesday night is a critical Watch-Out period, especially due to the expected changeable gusty wind conditions (i.e. movement of fire & smoke) across the region. A High Risk has been issued for large portions of the area.”

Everyone should have a “Go-Bag” ready should evacuations be ordered for our area. Please visit the following resources:

Pre-evacuation Steps:  https://www.readyforwildfire.org/prepare-for-wildfire/go-evacuation-guide/pre-evacuation-preparation-steps/

Emergency evacuation Kit:  https://www.readyforwildfire.org/prepare-for-wildfire/get-set/emergency-supply-kit/

If you have not signed up for Code Red, DO SO NOW!  Visit the website at https://ready.edso.org/ , or call the El Dorado County Sheriff’s Office at 530-621-5895.  The EDSO is actively using Code Red as additional evacuation areas are being ordered.

Finally, if at any time you feel uncomfortable, GO.  Evacuate to someplace safe.  Let your family and friends know you have evacuated.  Do not place yourself in harms way.

We are a wonderful community and let’s take care of each other.

Be safe!

Janet 

February 10, 2021

As part of the Aukum Fairplay Fire Safe Council’s (AFFSC) mission, in 2019, we completed a Risk Assessment and identified a number of potential projects throughout our Council area, primarily to reduce overgrown vegetation along roadways.  In order to apply for grant funding to begin work on these projects, the development of a Vegetation Management Plan is needed.  Over the next month, you may see staff along roadways taking pictures of the general area and gathering information for the plan. We look forward to completing the plan and working on future vegetation reduction projects to help make our communities more fire safe. 

 If you have any questions about the work of the AFFSC, please visit our website at www.AFFSC.org or email us at info@affsc.org.