The goal of the workshop, according to a press release, is to inform land and homeowners of the tools and knowledge that are readily available to help prepare for wildland fires and to be ready if catastrophe strikes.

MOUNT SHASTA – On March 13 the Mount Shasta Fire Department and the Mount Shasta Bioregional Ecology Center, with assistance from local, state, and federal agencies, will hold a free workshop focusing on many aspects of emergency preparedness, including: home hardening, CodeRED, personal responsibility, and community-led fuels reduction activities. 

The goal of the workshop, according to a press release, is to inform land and homeowners of the tools and knowledge that are readily available to help prepare for wildland fires and to be ready if catastrophe strikes. 

The Fire Resiliency Community Workshop will be held at the Best Western Tree House in Mount Shasta on Friday, March 13 from 6 to 8 p.m. There will also be a second workshop, however the date and time has yet to be determined. These workshops are free to the community and food will be provided.

In preparation for the workshops, several agencies and organizations have been working in collaboration to discuss best practices in educating the public and helping individuals become prepared for fire season. The effort is led by the Bioregional Ecology Center’s Program Director, Jessica Matthews, and Mount Shasta Fire Chief Matt Melo.

“There’s a need for education in and around the community and we are excited to team up with the Ecology Center to make this happen,” said Melo.

Matthews said becoming a fire-wise community “is extremely important while living in the wildland urban interface.”

The Ecology Center and Mount Shasta Fire Department partnered on a grant from The Ford Family Foundation to complete community education workshops to ensure all citizens are prepared in the case of a wildfire. 

For more information, call the Ecology Center at (530) 926-5655.