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“No Open Fire” campaign

The Eastern Madera County Chamber Alliance, and the two Oakhurst Rotary clubs have joined together for a public awareness fire safety campaign. The alliance and Rotary clubs have kicked-off a voluntary "No Open Fire" campaign, and are hoping Mountain Area business and residents will help spread the word about the grass roots awareness campaign.

“Working together, the Eastern Madera County chambers have developed an awareness campaign for our communities and our visitors to help bring added awareness to the heightened fire danger due to the drought,” explained Donna Davis, chair of the alliance. 8.5” x 11” ‘No Open Fire’ signs are being distributed throughout the area to remind everyone in the community and visiting guests the importance of wildfire prevention.”

According to Cal Fire’s readyforwildfire.org website, 95% of all wildfires are caused by human activity, and can be prevented. Cal Fire and Sierra National Forest officials have been sounding the awareness alarm of a potentially dangerous fire season for months. The wildlands of Eastern Madera County have lost resiliency to pest infestation and fire because of the ongoing drought and concentration of fuels.

“The economic vitality of our mountain communities will be affected by wildfire and drought this year ... wildfire prevention, preparedness and water conservation is everyone’s civic duty,” said Oakhurst Area Chamber of Commerce President, Dan Rule. “The Oakhurst Area Chamber of Commerce, as a member of the Eastern Madera County Chamber Alliance, is taking steps to mitigate the devastating impact that wildfire and drought will have on our friends and family.”

As the community learned from last year’s Junction and Courtney fires, wildfire can spread very quickly. Any flame or spark has the potential to ignite dry grass, that could quickly move into the surrounding brush, trees, and potentially homes and other structures.

High quality 8.5” x 11” placards have been printed and are currently being distributed through the local chambers and throughout the Eastern Madera County communities. The Chamber Alliance is seeking additional partners from the business and residential communities to help spread the “No Open Fire” awareness campaign.

The placards are available free of charge for posting at businesses, and public community gathering places.

Placards may be picked up at the Oakhurst Area Chamber of Commerce or call 559-683-7766 to arrange for pickup.

The chamber alliance encourages our visiting guests, residents and business to be well educated and prepared by visiting the following online resources:

readyforwildfire.org

preventwildfireca.org

firewisemaderacounty.org

ready.gov/wildfires

wildlandfirersg.org

The Eastern Madera County Chamber of Commerce Alliance is an independent committee with the Madera County Economic Development Commission. The purpose of the Alliance is for the Bass Lake, North Fork, Coarsegold, and Oakhurst chambers and their members to collaborate on regional economic development projects and other common interests along the Highway 41 corridor. Final decisions on behalf of the committee are made by the agreement of the designated representatives from each participating chamber.

- Eastern Madera County Chamber Alliance

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