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1,000 Hands Project

8/17, 6-10am: 1,000 Hands to Protect Lake County Homes

LAKE COUNTY, Calif. (July 29, 2019) – As we navigate another wildfire season, Lake County residents are well aware that disaster events affecting one of our communities have the potential to impact all of us.  That is why we must take every reasonable proactive measure to harden our homes, neighborhoods, and roadways against the threat of wildfire.  

I am asking for around 500 volunteers to donate at least part of Saturday, August 17, to clean up hazardous vegetation along County roadside in the Soda Bay corridor, from the end of Highway 281 to Soda Bay, including areas of the Black Forest.  

Most wildfires are caused by roadside vegetation, and this is one of the areas of the County at the greatest risk.  We need to act now to protect all County residents.

If you have one hour to give, two hours or four, your help is needed, and crews will be working from 6am-10am.  Bring your hand tools: loppers, pruners, shovels and rakes.  Bring your nylon-stringed weed eaters, as well.

Whether you live in the immediate area or not, please join me, the County’s Department of Public Works, Lake County Waste Solutions, California Highway Patrol, Kelseyville Fire Protection District, Kelseyville Unified School District, Kelseyville Sunrise Rotary and the Homeowners Associations of Riviera Heights, Riviera West, Clearlake Riviera and Buckingham, in acting to reduce the risk of a major wildfire event in Lake County.

1,000 hands can make a powerful difference for 12,000 County residents living along this corridor, the 65,000 residents of Lake County, and all of those in the region affected by air quality and other consequences whenever a major wildfire occurs.

Volunteers can sign up by completing our Volunteer Services Agreement.  Copies are available from the County Administrative Office, Human Resources Office and Department of Public Works, and the form is posted online, at:

We will meet at Riviera Elementary School, 10505 Fairway Dr., Kelseyville.  Copies of the Volunteer Services Agreement will also be available there.  All volunteers are encouraged to dress appropriately, with hats, sunscreen, long-sleeved shirts, long pants, and gloves that can be comfortably worn in warm weather.  Water will be provided, and we are also expecting to provide gloves for those who do not own them.

Please also note, the southbound lane of Soda Bay Rd, from Riviera Heights Drive to Point Lakeview Road, will be closed for the hours of the project, in order to allow volunteers to safely work and park.  We apologize for any inconvenience.

I hope to see you Saturday, August 17.  If you have any questions, my cell phone number is (707) 349-2628 and my email address is [email protected].


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