Shasta-Trinity National Forest to Begin “One Less Spark-One Less Wildfire” Campaign

Release Date: Jul 23, 2012  

Contact(s): Arlen Cravens (530) 226-2527 or (530) 945-3699


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REDDING, Calif. - The Shasta-Trinity National Forest, in cooperation with Caltrans, CAL FIRE, the Bureau of Land Management, the National Park Service and the California Fire Safe Council, is beginning the “One Less Spark-One Less Wildfire” campaign. The campaign is beginning in the Redding area because the idea began with Mark Thibideau, a Forest Service Fire Prevention Technician working for the Shasta-Trinity National Forest. In the next few weeks, fire and transportation officials will be visiting highway rest areas, truck stops, tire stores and recreation areas and businesses to distribute information.

Designed to prevent vehicle-caused wildfires, the campaign is based in part on prevention research done by the Forest Service Research Station and the Centers for Disease Control. “With the exception of equipment fires, vehicles cause more wildfires in California than any other cause and yet they are among the easiest for people to prevent,” said Ron Hodgson, USDA Forest Service Fire Prevention Coordinator. “These fires are a National concern. Even prior to its public debut the “One Less Spark-One Less Wildfire” effort has already attracted attention from other States. We are starting this in the Redding area, but we expect it to quickly spread to other parts of the Country.”

“We have identified a handful of easy steps motorists can take to make sure they are not responsible for starting a fire,” Thibideau said. “This public information campaign should allow us to quickly inform a lot of people how they can help keep the public and firefighters safe and themselves free from the legal and financial hardships often associated with starting a wildfire. These are straightforward steps that don’t take a lot of time or money to accomplish. With the simple measures of keeping tow chains or exhaust systems from dragging, driving with correctly inflated tires, and not parking near dry vegetation, drivers can join us in the “One Less Spark-One Less Wildfire” fire prevention effort.”

“We have experienced a number of vehicle-caused fires on the Shasta-Trinity National Forest” said Arlen Cravens, Forest Fire Management Officer. Highways 299, 89, 36 and 3 as well as I-5 between Redding and Weed experience a great number of wildfires associated with vehicle operation in the Shasta-Trinity area. “We’re excited to be initiating the campaign here. I think this is a great opportunity for a big return on our prevention efforts, and will undoubtedly assist us all in protecting the public and our firefighters from the dangers of unwanted wildfires.”

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