Briceland Volunteer Fire Department would like to thank everyone who came out and made our fundraiser such a success! 

And we would especially like to thank all the sponsors who donated such great raffle prizes and needed supplies and time/labor for the event.  This list includes the following, we couldn’t have done it without you:

  • Logan Edwards for the dumptruck of firewood (and Genairo Gray for delivering
  • The Julia Morgan House in Benbow
  • Inn of the Lost Coast in Shelter Cove
  • Sylvandale Gardens, Pierson’s Building Center, and Redway True Value for helping build our fire home preparedness kits
  • Milt’s Saw Shop
  • Joan Courtois
  • Shop Smart in Redway
  • Phelp’s Ranch for the burgers and Briceland Forest Farm and other local gardeners for donating veggies
  • Eva Carpenter and Flower Stream Farm for the flowers
  • Eel River Brewing Company for the beer
  • Briceland Vineyards and Rosie Bosco for local wine
  • The Mateel Community Center for loaning tents, tables, and ice
  • The chefs:  Moses Danzer and BBQ to You, Christy Augustine of Tastebuds, and Sue’s Organics
  • And the bands for making the whole event so enjoyable:  Sisters Terry and the Rolling Papers, The Wolf, and Dreams on Fire

And as always, Beginnings in Briceland and all those who helped out and volunteered!

Till next year, thank you all!


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Beautiful afternoon in Briceland at annual Fired Up fundraiser

The Wolf and his crew entertaining the crowd.

A picture perfect sunset.

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Rest in Peace Gerald Myers, former Beginnings VFD Chief

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BVFD assists CalOES with Six Rivers Forest Lightning Complex

Engine 5436 and her crew recently returned home from a 14 day assignment near Orleans at the SRF Lighting Complex Fires. Assigned to protect homes in the Ishi Pishi and Somes Bar area, we partnered with Shelter Cove and Fortuna VFDs as well as Redwood Valley-Capella, Humboldt Bay and Arcata Fire Departments forming a Strike Team of five Type 3 Wildland Engines working together under the Cal OES mutual aid system.


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Saturday September 16

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Three Days, Many Fires; BVFD responds to Garberville Lightning Complex

With hundreds of lightning strikes recently in the area, mostly to east of Briceland, local fire agencies responded to dozens of reported fires over the last few days. Fortunately there were significant amounts of rain associated with these thunderstorms and many of the fires did not get a chance to grow much before they were put out. However, there were several that did grow in size and required extended efforts to contain. Water Tender 5466, Engines 5436 and 5446, as well as BVFD command staff assisted on multiple fires.



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One Day, Two Fires

Just before 6 AM this Wednesday (8/9) BVFD responded to a structure fire adjacent to Briceland Thorne Rd, 2 miles west of Redway. With mutual aid assistance from Redway and Garberville VFDs, as well as from CalFire, the fire was quickly knocked down. Ignition of the surrounding unmaintained vegetation was prevented and, although the home sustained major interior damage, the fire did not reach the exterior of the building. After hours of work to secure that all embers had been put out completely, our crew returned to station to recoup our equipment. Just before 7PM we were called to 2nd fire, originally reported as a another structure fire, located on Alapok Ln, not a quarter mile from the mornings fire. It turned out to be a vegetation fire in grass and brush. Fortunately, this fire was also stopped quickly, contained at less than a quarter of an acre. BVFD is very grateful for the help from our partners Redway Fire and Garberville Fire. Recent multi-departmental trainings in both structural and wildland fire, as well as medical first aid, has helped to provide an increased cohesion in our emergency responses.

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Briceland Fire Protection District Meeting 8/2/23

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Briceland Fire Protection District

Notice of Public Meeting

Wednesday, July 19  

5:30-6:30 pm at the Briceland Fire Station

The Briceland Fire Protection District will host a public meeting on Wednesday, July 19 5:30-6:30 pm at the Briceland Fire Station to answer District residents’ questions regarding a fire protection parcel tax increase due to rising costs.

The parcel tax, which was approved by 85% of the District voters in August 2021, included pre-approval of a cost of living increase tied to the Consumer Price Index, but no greater than 5% per year.

The District proposes to increase the parcel tax by 2.4% in fiscal year 2023-2024, from $95.88 to $98.18.  This increase is based on the rate of inflation at the end of the second quarter of FY 2022-2023 from the California State Department of Finance, Industrial Relations Office of Research.

More Information on the Consumer Price Index can be found at:


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2023 Wildland Fire Academy and RT-130

Briceland VFD would like to thank everyone who collaborated with us to make the 2023 Southern Humboldt Wildland Fire Academy and the annual RT-130 a great success. Following guidelines defined by the National Wildfire Coordinating Group, 47 students completed the Academy to become newly certified Type 2 Fire Fighters. Among the graduates were 8 teenagers (the next generation of our local fire service!), 13 members of the group Native Health in Native Hands, a Native led non-profit focused on restoring traditional knowledge, and several members from the Humboldt County Prescribed Burn Association (HCPBA).
Sunday’s RT-130 was the Wildland Fire Safety Training Annual Refresher that is required for all active fire service members. Years ago Briceland VFD started holding this training for our own members to meet the certification requirements necessary to provide fire fighting services when called upon for local and statewide emergencies. Later, we began hosting members of our neighboring volunteer fire depts. and the event grew. In 2023 we held our largest training to date, and moved from Briceland to the Southern Humboldt Community Park to accommodate the 123 participants from 16 different fire departments and organizations, plus invited instructors and support staff. This training provides a critical opportunity to work together with our larger community, building camaraderie and refining skills, while focusing on safety.
Special thanks to CalFire, who assisted with Copter 909 from the Kneeland Helitack Base, coordinating with volunteer crews on the ground to make bucket drops on a mock fire and landing to discuss aviation safety with our crew, and to the crew of Engine 1271, stationed in Garberville. Thanks also for sponsorship from the Humboldt County Prescribed Fire Association, and the University of California Cooperative Extension.
Also, thanks to the KMUD radio news team for sharing the photos they took!
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