NAPA, Calif.— November 4, 2013. On a recent Saturday morning, nearly 40 residents of Gordon Valley, a rural agricultural community of approximately 300 residents, located in the southeast corner of Napa County, gathered at the Gordon Valley Volunteer Fire Department to reaffirm a long-standing commitment to wildfire preparedness.

 The workshop event was sponsored by the Napa Communities Firewise Foundation (Napa Firewise) in concert with the Napa County Fire Department and the Gordon Valley Volunteer Fire Department.

 The goals of the workshop were to emphasize the potential wildfire risk to the community, to recruit grass-roots support for the development of a local Fire Safe Council, and to form a sustainable wildfire protection plan for the community.

 Speakers included fire service professionals from CAL FIRE/Napa County Fire, the City of Napa Fire Department and Napa Firewise.

 Stephen Gort, Napa Firewise Vice President/Treasurer and the leader of the workshop, was pleased with the turnout and response. “Nearly half of the 40 attendees voiced interest in helping form a Fire Safe Council and taking this program to the next step,” said Gort. “That’s certainly encouraging. To date, we have eight communities at various levels of development, with eight more in the planning stages. The word is getting out – wildfire preparedness must be a community priority.”

For more information about Napa Firewise and its community support activities, visit napafirewise.org or contact info@napafirewise.org.


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