LAKE COUNTY, Calif. (August 13, 2019) – Some in the community have asked whether the 1,000 Hands Project is still on, in light of the recent Golf Fire incident. The answer is an emphatic, “yes.” We knew this effort was vital before; now, we feel even more strongly it is truly critical.
Like all Lake County residents, I am thankful for the quick and effective work done by firefighters and other first responders to contain the Golf Fire. I am also even more committed to doing what I can to limit the chance that a wildfire happens again.
Clearing roadside vegetation is one of our best opportunities to take action, and the area alongside Highway 281 in the Soda Bay Corridor remains vulnerable. 12,000 County residents live near this high risk area, and we need 500 volunteers this Saturday.
Here are the details.
What: 1,000 Hands roadside vegetation clearing project
When: Saturday, August 17, 2019, 6-10am
Where: 6 worksites in the Soda Bay Corridor, beginning at the intersection of Highway 281 and Tenino Way in the Clearlake Riviera
Work sites will be marked A-F (go straight to the worksite of your choosing, crew leaders will provide direction and important safety information)
For maps, visit http://www.lakecountyca.gov/1000Hands/
What to bring: nylon-stringed weed eaters; hand tools, loppers, pruners, shovels and rakes
What to wear: hats, sunscreen, long-sleeved shirts, long pants, and gloves that can be comfortably worn in warm weather
What will be provided: Water, and gloves for those who do not own them.
Kelseyville Fire Protection District will also patrol and attend to medical needs.
Questions, further information: Call (707) 349-2628 or email [email protected].
All participants must sign a Volunteer Services Agreement prior to starting work. It can be found at http://www.lakecountyca.gov/1000HandsAgreement/, and returned, by email, to [email protected], or your crew leader the day of the event.
As a special incentive, anyone interested in participating in the fire extinguisher giveaway the following morning, Sunday, August 18, at Riviera Elementary School, can receive a voucher and be first in line to get a fire extinguisher by participating in the 1,000 Hands effort.
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.
Please join us this Saturday, August 17!