Fire Safety

We in Yosemite Lakes Park are fortunate to live in one of the most beautiful areas of the United States — the foothills of the Sierra Nevada mountains.

But we also, particularly in recent years, have a responsibility as homeowners and community members to guard our properties, our investments and our lives against the danger of fire — particularly drought-aggravated wildfires.

Fortunately, we have some of the best resources to help us and to come to our aid if fire does come close.

Here are the ones you need to know as we enter a new summer season:

FIREWISE MADERA COUNTY: Your first and best stop to learn what you can do to protect your home and prepare in case of fire.

PERMITS TO BURN BRUSH: Where do I go to get a permit to burn those branches and sticks that I gathered up last winter?

• Go to one of the CalFire stations in the area during normal business hours, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. seven days a week. The closest is at 34555 Highway 41 in Coarsegold, but there are many others.

• Once you have a valid permit, check to see if the day you want to burn is a valid burn day by calling 1-877-429-2876. Outdoor burning is allowed only for “hazard reduction” — for eliminating potential fuel for wildfires.

MCALERT: Madera County issues critical warnings to citizens countywide. As its website states, “Should there ever be a threat to your health or safety, you can receive notifications by registering online.” These include fire-related warnings. Among other situations are severe weather, unexpected road closures, missing persons and evacuations of buildings or neighborhoods. This is a MUST for all YLP residents. Get registered!

CALFIRE:These are the good guys, to say the least. As their website states, “The Department of Forestry and Fire Protection serves and safeguards the people and protects the property and resources of California.” The website has a tremendous amount of valuable information and news — including the latest updates on fire incidents.

SAN JOAQUIN VALLEY AIR POLLUTION CONTROL DISTRICT: These are the folks who keep watch on the quality of the air we breathe every day. And during fire incidents, they can tell us how that affects air quality.