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LOP residents help fight wildfires

When Tami Anderson, of Lake of the Pines, sees her husband off to work in the morning, she often doesn’t lay eyes on him again for days.

Randy is a captain for the City of Modesto Fire Department.

On Monday, Captain Anderson departed from his firehouse to join a group of firefighters who were headed for Malibu. These Northern California professionals left to participate in the effort to contain the huge fires incinerating thousands of acres of land in Southern California.

Tami wasn’t sure where her husband was Wednesday, but on Tuesday, his team had been to Chino and then to the Pauma-Yuima Indian Reservation, 30 miles outside San Diego. She was concerned about his welfare, especially while the winds were high and the likelihood of tree limbs and other fiery debris being blown around is greatest.

When I asked her if he likes traveling all that distance, she told me he did because he “likes helping people. … That’s just the way he is.”

Another helpful member of LOP is Officer Michael Fong of the California Highway Patrol. Mike headed south this week to assist with the evacuations. His wife, Gail, told me Mike said the emergency response has been smooth so far, and he and his fellow officers are primarily watching out for looters and directing traffic.

This may be a good week to rekindle your interest in fire safety by accessing the Lake of the Pines Emergency Response Guide. The guide is available on http://www.lop.org or at the administration office. It was mailed to all LOP addresses in February 2007 and has since been included in the member packet.

This comprehensive guide includes instructions to follow in case of an evacuation, such as closing windows and turning lights on before leaving your home. There is a map of emergency exit locations, tips on how to keep your property fire-safe and fire-preparedness guidelines.

There also is a paragraph regarding Nevada County’s voluntary S.A.F.E. program, where information on the elderly, disabled or those needing special assistance during an evacuation is collected and given to emergency response personnel.

While the stampede of residents leaving the lake in the event of fire might be thunderous, I doubt it would have the momentum of the Gold Country Stampede Lacrosse Club. This club has grown exponentially over the past few years and last year claimed the 2007 Northern California Junior Lacrosse Association Championship. The club is planning another great showing for the upcoming 2008 season.

Registration is open to both boys and girls in grades five through 12. It begins this Saturday at the Nevada Union High School West Gym, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., and then continues on Sunday at Magnolia Intermediate School Gym, also from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

For more information on the stampede, visit http://www.gcstampede.com.

Lacrosse gear makes a great Halloween costume, but miniature firefighters may be most popular this year. Regardless of what your little ones may be planning for the holiday, some good advice is don’t buy the candy early – it’s easy to hide from the kids but impossible to hide from yourself.


Laura Lavelle lives in Lake of the Pines, and her column is for Lake of the Pines area residents to share thoughts and information. Contact her at lavelle@cebridge.net or leave a phone message with the city editor at 477-4230.

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