Come enjoy local bands, BBQ, libations at the second annual Fire Fest in the Beginnings meadow in Briceland. Festivities start at 4pm. $10 adults, $5 kids.
Directions: From Hwy 101, take the Redway exit. In Redway, turn on Briceland Road, following the signs to Shelter Cove. Go a little over five miles to Briceland and you won’t be able to miss the signs on the right.
Multiple wildfires in Northern California have taxed Cal Fire resources, requiring local volunteer departments to staff stations. Currently, our Type III wildland engine E5436 and three BVFD firefighters are staffing the Garberville Cal Fire station. They’ve been busy, responding to a vehicle roll-over in Redway and a vegetation fire in the Meadows Business Park.
Our ability to back up Cal Fire when needed is possible because of the level of training BVFD fire fighters have maintained and the modern quality of our equipment, neither of which is cheap. Having the reliable funding base of the new Briceland Fire Protection District will ensure that we can afford to keep gear and skills up to date, so thanks again to our community for stepping up to the plate for this.
And of course, with resources stretched this thin, it’s more important than usual that everyone be super careful with fire.
On August 13, BVFD members operating Engine 5436 joined four other Humboldt County departments to form a strike team to assist Cal Fire in fighting the Wye Fire in Lake County. BVFD members Kai Ostrow, Eric Martin, Shaun Studebaker and Daniel Stein along with Brandon Craig from Shelter Cove Fire all participated in the effort.
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Briceland Engine 5436 at the Mill Fire
Or, more to the point, YOU, the voters did it! According to this evening’s Times-Standard online, voters approved the formation of the District by over 85%.
Bridgeville also passed a similar measure, while Palo Verde and Fruitland Ridge rejected formation of Districts in those areas.
The new District will help us maintain a stable funding base, enabling us to keep our gear and training in top-notch shape. As volunteers, the satisfaction we get from serving our community is our only “payment”, so this overwhelming show of support lets us know that what we do is appreciated and valued and that you’re there for us as much as we try to be there for you.
Thank you again for such positive support.
Three members of BVFD took Engine 5436, our Type III wildland rig, down to Lake County last night as part of a five-engine strike team from Humboldt County. The Wye Fire and nearby Walker Fire started two days ago and have now burned 7,000 acres, with 30% containment reported as of this morning.
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Our crew will be on this assignment for a few days. If we’re still needed, three other BVFD members will rotate in to replace them. Being volunteers, we have other lives to attend to, so can’t usually pick up and leave for the duration of what might be an extended incident.
Cal Fire reimburses Briceland Fire for our time and equipment when we go to fires in other areas and this is an important source of revenue for the Department. While this is our third such assignment this year, we see it as a funding bonus, too inconsistent to rely on. The proposed Briceland Fire Protection District will give us that funding stability. If you’ve received your ballot, please vote YES and be sure to put it in the mail SOON!
Hopefully the crew will shoot some good photos while they’re down in Lake County. We’ll keep you updated.
It was recently brought to our attention that many people may not have realized that the crew of the long-standing Beginnings Volunteer Fire Department voted to change our name a few years ago to Briceland Volunteer Fire Department. But! It’s still the same crew, the same station (though we’ll be building a new one in Briceland-town eventually) and the same reliable, dedicated volunteer service.
When you support the formation of the Briceland Fire Protection District, you’re supporting the same people as always, just with a new name. To be clear: we’re not affiliated or involved with any other organization in the Briceland area.
Why the change? For one, we split off (cordially) from Beginnings, Inc. and formed our own nonprofit organization, so it made sense to have a different name. All other fire departments but one in the entire state of California are named after the specific place or community they serve. While we value our uniqueness here, we wanted to keep with the tradition in the rest of the fire service. Also most of us found the “What is ‘Beginnings’?” question a bit awkward when people in other areas saw our shirts or bumper stickers.
So, please support the volunteers you’ve always come to rely on and vote YES when you receive your ballot in the mail this month!
All registered voters within the proposed Briceland Fire Protection District will be receiving your mail-in ballot between now and August 21st. When you receive yours, please show your appreciation and support for the service we provide as volunteers to our community by voting YES and mailing it back as soon as possible.
Ballots must be received at the elections office in Eureka—postmarks don’t count—by August 28th. If you are not sure if it will reach the office in time, you can hand-deliver it as well to 3033 H Street, Eureka, by 8PM. Again, postmarks do not count.
Not registered to vote? You can still register and vote in this election through August 13th. For information on how to register, contact the Humboldt County Registrar Of Voters at 707 445-7678.
If you have any questions, feel free to contact us at bricelandfire (at) gmail (dot) com.
Thank you for your support!
Briceland Volunteer Fire Department will be having our annual All Fired Up! benefit barbeque this Sunday, from 1pm-6pm at the future site of the new fire station in Briceland.
We’ll be grilling burgers, fish and veggie options, with salads, drinks and deserts on the side.
Bring your fire tools to get sharpened, meet the crew, hang out with neighbors and support your local community volunteers.
Got questions about the formation of the formally incorporated fire district? The new station? How you can volunteer or contribute? How to make your property fire safe? We’ll be there to answer them!
Directions: From Redway, take Briceland Road west toward Briceland/Shelter Cove a little over 5 miles to Briceland (a mile and a half-ish past the station) and look for the fire trucks and party.
Last night at Briceland Fire’s annual general membership meeting (report coming soon), Chief Tim Olsen read a tally of 2011’s approximately two dozen calls, remarking that it was one third of normal. As if on cue, tonight we had a double-incident, two (unrelated) calls in the same area within minutes of each other.
The BBQ menu is local fresh fish from BVFD member Eric Martin, Taylor’s beef/pork and turkey sausages and fancy veggie sausages. All served on a bun w/ organic peppers from the community farm. There will be organic cole slaw and Asian pasta salad made by Nancy and Kristina and a green salad with locally grown mesculin mix from Briceland Forest Farm!