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Triangle Shirtwaist Fire
25 March 1911

The Triangle Shirtwaist Factory Fire in the Greenwich Village neighborhood of Manhattan, New York City, was the deadliest industrial disaster in the history of the city, and one of the deadliest in U.S. history. The fire caused the deaths of 146 garment workers – 123 women and girls and 23 men[2] – who died from the fire, smoke inhalation, or falling or jumping to their deaths. Most of the victims were recent Italian and Jewish immigrant women and girls aged 14 to 23 of the victims whose ages are known, the oldest victim was 43-year-old Providenza Panno, and the youngest were 14-year-olds Kate Leone and Rosaria "Sara" Maltese.

Click to read the full article in a separate window We need to talk... 15 Questions for your Home Fire Insurance Broker

Here are the questions for you to ask your fire insurance agent. Take good notes on their answers, and follow up in writing (email counts) to recap what you discussed and that your goal is to have enough insurance to cover a total loss. Underinsurance continues to be a BIG problem after serious and total losses and you'll have no remedy without documentation that you had this conversation with your insurance agent. The above assumes you actually have fire insurance.

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Low-Cost Chipping Available in Placer County

Under direction from the Board of Supervisors, the county worked with the Resource Conservation District to establish a reasonable and sustainable cost-share rate structure to keep the program running. The full cost of the chipper service is estimated at $80 per hour. With the applicable cost-share rate, the minimum charge is $40 for up to one hour of service. The minimum service time will be a half hour. Call 530-367-2465 to arrange an appointment.

  Spring or Vernal Click to open article in a separate window Equinox

  Thursday 19 March 8:40 pm PDT

The name is derived from the Latin aequus (equal) and nox (night), because around the equinox, the night and day are approximately equally long. It may be better understood to mean that latitudes +L and -L north and south of the equator experience nights of equal length.

Click to read article on a separate webpage Not All Drivers Pull Over in Emergencies (Click to See Video)
  From the California DMV Driver Handbook


  You must yield the right-of-way to a police car, fire engine, ambulance,
  or other emergency vehicle using a siren and red light. Drive as close
to the right edge of the road as possible and stop until the emergency vehicle(s) has passed. However, don't stop in an intersection. If you are in an intersection when you see an emergency vehicle, continue through the intersection and then drive to the right as soon as you can and stop. Emergency vehicles often use the wrong side of the street to continue on their way. They sometimes use a loud speaker to talk to drivers blocking their path. Yield to Emergency Vehicles. Traffic in Both Directions Must Pull to the Right Edge of the Road and Stop.

Click to read article on a separate webpage Algae Converted to Crude Oil in Under an Hour

It used to take a million years to convert algae to oil, but scientists at the Department of Energy's Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL), say they have developed a process to do the job in minutes.

Click to read the full article in a separate window Foresthill Forum and Supervisor Gustafson Coffee Videos Available

Full videos of these monthly events are available by clicking on the Vimeo logo. The Foresthill Forum take place on the first Monday of the month. The Supervisor Gustafson Coffees take place every fourth Thursday of the month. Also videos of the Foresthill Fire Board, the Foresthill PUD and                               other community meetings are available. Click logo left to see the videos

Click to read article in a separate window Placer County State's Second Healthiest

Placer County is the second healthiest county in the state, according to a recent study. Only Marin County placed better than Placer County on the 2013 County Health Rankings compiled by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the University of Wisconsin Population Health Institute.

Click to read article in a separate window Looking at Human Beings as Ecosystems

A healthy adult human harbours some 100 trillion bacteria in his gut alone. That is ten times as many bacterial cells as he has cells descended from the sperm and egg of his parents.   Source: The print edition 18 Aug 2012

Click to go to the Foresthill Chamber of Commerce website for more information Deadliest Gunfight in U.S. History Happened in Foresthill

In the case of Jonathan Davis, the news account placed the former Army captain in Rocky Canyon near Todd Valley on the American River with two other prospectors the day of the battle. They were attacked by 14 men who had robbed and killed 10 people hours earlier. VFW article

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New Web Site for the Foresthill Fire Protection District


Everything you always wanted to know our local fire district.
If your web browser is pointing to www.foresthillfiredept.org/ you
are looking for an obsolete web site.

Click to read the full article in a separate window Fire Safe Communities Association

The mission of this organization is to connect organizations involved with making their communities safe from wildfire. One of the objectives of the FSCA is to facilitate group interaction and action, which will result in projects being defined. Some projects will have their own web page, which will be posted here with a brief description.

Click to go to the website in a separate window Roof Saver Sprinklers

P.O. Box 274 Foresthill, CA 95631
Phone: (530) 367-3397 Cell: (530) 913-1339
Website: www.RoofSaverSprinklers.com
Contact: info@RoofSaverSprinklers.com
Tim Gunn, Owner

Click to read article in a separate window A Midday Nap Markedly Boosts the Brain's Learning Capacity

U. C. Berkeley 02/21/10 - New research shows that an hour's nap can dramatically boost and restore your brain power. Indeed, the findings suggest that napping not only refreshes the mind, but can make you smarter. Source: EurekAlert - AAAS

Click to read article on a separate webpage What Is the Higgs Boson and Why Does It Matter?

On 4 July scientists at CERN in Geneva declared that they had discovered a new particle 'consistent' with the long-sought Higgs boson. Although further research is required to characterize the new particle fully, there can be no doubt that an important milestone in our understanding of the material world and of the evolution of the early universe has just been reached.

Click to read article on our Fire News webpage   Getting Your Animals Out in an Emergency

  Sadly, the devastating 49 Fire that swept through north Auburn in late
  August affected not only homes and residents, but many pets who lived
  in the fire zone. Despite herculean efforts made by first responders
  and Animal Services officers, at least 20 pets died, estimates Animal
  Services Program Manager Mike Winters. The fire moved too swiftly to
  save all the animals trapped by smoke and flames. Click image at left to
  read more. Source: Placer County Animal Services Newsletter

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  Know the Impact of Your Purchases

  Every dollar you spend is a vote for how you want the world to be.

Click to read the article on the wikipedia website    New Wikipedia Article on Local Fire Safe Councils

   Fire safe councils are grassroots community-based organizations which
   share the objective of making California's communities less vulnerable
   to catastrophic wildfire. Fire safe councils accomplish this objective
   through education programs and projects such as shaded fuel breaks or
   firebreaks which protect property and provide fire fighters with a
   place to fight the oncoming fire.

Click to open the full article in a separate window   Potentially Harmful Chemicals Found in
  Forest Fire Smoke

  Researchers have detected common plant toxins that affect
  human health and ecosystems in smoke from forest fires.

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Click to go to the network of weather observers page. New California Weather Watch Network

Michael Anderson, State Climatologist with the California Department of Water Resources,
is looking for much-needed volunteers. He wants to get as many rain gauges as possible
in backyards all around the state to help forecasters and climatologists map California's
diverse rain patterns. "There is no substitute for accurate, local measurement of the
weather. This data will help not only short time-scale events like storms and floods,
but also serve as an added tool for recording and analyzing climate change.

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Click to go to the USA National Phenology Network website
   Join the USA National Phenology Network

The USA NPN brings together citizen scientists, educators and students of all ages to monitor
the impacts of climate change on plants and animals. The network harnesses the power of
people and the Internet to monitor some 200 plant species found across the United States.
Phenology is the study of the seasonal timing of plant and animal life-cycle events such
as bird, fish and mammal migration and the leafing, blooming and fruiting of plants.

  1. Sign up to become an observer
  2. Select your site and your plants and register them online.
  3. Learn the phenophases for your plants and begin making observations.
  4. Report your observations online.

Click to go to our Foresthill Library Page. Fire Safe Books on our new Foresthill Library Page

On the Foresthill Library page, click on "Fire Safe Resources in the Foresthill Library".
The librarian has prepared a list of Books, DVDs and Videos available in our local library.

  UC Davis - Arboretum All-Stars

  The horticultural staff of the UC Davis Arboretum have identified
  100 tough, reliable plants that have been tested in the Arboretum.

  These plants are easy to grow, don't need a lot of water, have few
  problems with pests or diseases, and have outstanding qualities in
  the garden. Many of them are California native plants, support native
birds and insects and many are fire-resistant. These plants are available at selected retailers,
including Eisley's Nursery, Auburn. Pictured above is the Chinese fringe tree - Chionanthus

Sierra Nevada Yard & Garden

A Homeowner's Guide to Landscaping in the Sierra

The Sierra Nevada Alliance presents a new, first of its kind resource helping Sierra homeowners create a beautiful yard and garden that guards against wildfire, needs little maintenance, flourishes with native and adapted plants, exists in harmony with wildlife, and protects and conserves Sierra water-in other words, a Sierra friendly yard and garden.

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WUI Products Handbook - New Building Codes 07/08

Starting January 2008, the new 2007 California Building Code (CBC) becomes effective. For
products to be used in the Wildland Urban Interface (WUI), there are some regulations that
required building products to comply with specific standards. In an effort to provide the
home owners, industries, designers, local fire and building officials a readily list of
"compliance WUI products", the State Fire Marshal is publishing this "WUI Products Handbook".

Open PRC 4291 in a separate page.

  Full Text of Public Resource Code 4291

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  Full Text of Senate Bill 1595