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The Pinebrook Master Association will be meeting on June 29th at 7pm. To participate in the meeting, please reach out to the PMA for access info.
By Melissa C. Marsted
“By failing to prepare, you are prepared to fail.” - Benjamin Franklin
“Even with all our technology and the inventions that make modern life so much easier than it once was, it takes just one big natural disaster to wipe all that away and remind us that, here on Earth, we’re still at the mercy of nature.” - Neil deGrasse Tyson
As I write this during the first few weeks of June, there have already been multiple fires across the US that have burned hundreds of homes and thousands of acres. Fire season is upon us, and it’s time to get prepared.
“As of June 8, there have been 177 wildfires that have burned 564 acres this year in Utah. Of that, 84% have been human-caused. Last year, there were 326 fires at this time and 88% of them were because of people.”
Unfortunately after losing my house in the 2008 Santa Barbara Tea Fire and evacuating for four days during the Parley’s Canyon Fire as well as other fires over the years, I live with the fear of wildfires and natural disasters, but I consider myself proactive about preparation. On the afternoon of the Tea Fire, I was on a run with my older son. We commented to each other that the air felt eery as sundowner winds continued to escalate. No sooner had we arrived home when a friend called to warn me about the approaching wildfire. We immediately started packing the car and within an hour we were on our way with our Jack Russell and one of our cats. With four potential escape routes, only one road was open for us to evacuate to Butterfly Beach, below the hills of Montecito. All three others led back towards the fire. Safely at the beach we watched massive flames consume homes and eucalyptus tress across the vast hillside. The next morning we learned that 220 homes were lost in the Tea Fire. Where would we live?
I’m naturally a planner. Prior to the fire, I had photo albums stored in the front hall closet. I had a storage unit where we stored items off season and childhood memorabilia. I had a safe deposit box. Our insurance coverage with Chubb. was up to date, including extended replacement cost coverage. When it came time to evacuate during the Tea Fire and the Parley’s Canyon Fire, I pulled items room by room. For me I focused on art and memorabilia. Finding a cat, for example, at the last minute may prove difficult and in our case, our second cat came sauntering around the property four days after the fire while we were sifting through ashes and debris.
Yes, in the long run, we lost stuff but my two boys and I and three pets moved eight times between 2008 and 2012 when we were finally able to settle in Park City. With temperatures and winds increasing, I am constantly thinking of ways to be better prepared. I share this list of recommendations:
- Sign up for Summit County/Park City emergency alerts by clicking on links on the Summit County website.
- Check your home’s smoke and carbon monoxide batteries annually.
- Prepare your home’s exterior space as much as possible with drought tolerant gardens in accordance with Firewise® practices, remove pine needles and leaves from roof and gutters, trim trees and definitely remove dead branches, and move combustibles away from the house to improve the defensibility of one’s structure.
- Take some time to have an evacuation plan and where you will meet family members. If your house is a total loss, consider where you can stay for approximately two years after the loss.
- Take photographs of everything including the inside of drawers and closets. Some insurance companies require itemization. The good news is that appraisers can now assess a total loss via Zoom, rather than waiting a few days after your loss for an appraiser to arrive.
- Make a list of what you want to take if you have ten minutes, 30 minutes or more. We had an hour to evacuate. When I reflect back on what we took, there are only a handful of items I wish I had taken like my father’s baseball cards, for example.
- Call your homeowners agent to go over limits, rebuilding prices in our area range from $300 to more than $1000 per square foot
- Ask about your Extended Replacement Cost, jewelry and art supplements, home business insurance. Loss of a car, boat, ATV are covered under their own policies, but they must be insured.
- Consider a storage unit and/or safe deposit box. I know it’s just “stuff” but the “stuff” that I did have after the fire made such a difference in my recovery.
- Most insurance companies grant supplemental living expenses for two years after the fire.
For additional information, here are a few links:
Recent bear sightings and encounters in Pinebrook remind us we live in wildlife country. It is important that we act responsibly and take steps to lessen the chances that bear will visit. The Utah Department of Wildlife Resources recommends homeowners "bear-proof" their outdoor garbage cans or bring them in at night, and clean them. Too, they recommend we remove, secure and/or clean other items that may attract bear:
- Birdfeeders (both seed and hummingbird)
- Fruit trees
- Compost piles
- Pet food and water bowls
- Unsupervised outdoor pets (especially at night)
- Barbecue grills
Read this article for more tips on how to stay safe in bear country:
Thank you for doing your part to keep Pinebrook a clean, safe, and enjoyable community....for humans and bear.
The Pinebrook Fire Safety Committee has defined and instituted a program wherein owners can be reimbursed some of the costs incurred as they undertake fire fuel reduction work on their property. The Fire-adapted Landscapes And Safe Homes (FLASH) Program takes advantage of Watershed Restoration Initiative grant award monies to support the fire safety initiatives of Pinebrook.
Full Program details can be found here, as well as links to apply. Please send firstname.lastname@example.org an email with any questions.
The Pinebrook Fire Safety Committee is excited to announce that the Pinebrook community has been awarded a $90,000 Utah Watershed Restoration Initiative (WRI) grant. A cost-sharing Program is being created to enable the creation of defensible space on homeowners' properties using Firewise® landscaping concepts.
Pinebrook's Fire-adapted Landscapes And Safe Homes (FLASH) Program will fund work completed by June 30, 2023, with applications due by August 1, 2022. This Program provides a means for homeowners to do meaningful work aligned with Pinebrook's broader fire safety initiatives.
These grant funds are part of a larger WRI award for Pinebrook which also provides an additional $174,000 for HOA open space fire mitigation work. More details on the FLASH Program and the open space work is forthcoming; check back here for updates by June 10th.
POSTPONED DUE TO WEATHER
May 28th June 4th, 9am to 12:30pm
The Pinebrook Fire Safety Committee's next volunteer event is this Saturday, May 28th from 9am to 12:30pm. Please join us!
This Saturday we will once again be working on both sides of the corner of Canyon Drive and Canyon Drive Court to remove all the logs laying along the road, in the creek and along the lowest part of the walking trail. We are trying to take advantage of the fact that Dumpster Days will be taking place at Pinebrook Park from May 27th to June 6th. It's a fantastic opportunity for us to remove the material that can be chipped and to bring it down to the park.
For those that haven't joined us previously, please know that our volunteer group is a fun easy-going group that gets a lot of satisfaction from knowing that we are slowly but surely making progress in reducing fire risk within our community. No matter how physically fit you are, there is a role for you. We have an awesome group of core volunteers already, but are always looking for more. If you join us, you only need to stay as long as you are able. Come for an hour or come for 3 1/2. You will feel very welcome either way!
Please RSVP if you can join us (or with any questions) at email@example.com. In addition to good gloves and hiking boots, please wear long sleeve shirts and pants.
May 25th, 2022 7:30pm at the Gorgoza Mutual Water Company office, 7950 Pinebrook Road
The PMA Board of Trustees will meet to discuss various items. Should you wish to attend via Zoom, please submit a request for the meeting info at https://www.pinebrookmasterassn.org/contact-us/.
May 27th through June 6th
It's that time of year again when the Pinebrook Master and Pinebrook Homeowners Associations provide dumpsters and a chipper for our spring cleanup needs. The chipper will operate after work on the weekdays and 7am to 5pm on the weekends. You will need to arrange taking your trees, shrubs or branches to the Pinebrook Park to be chipped. Neither the PHOA or PMA offer curbside chipping services; you must arrange that with the Park City Fire District via their website or a private landscape company. Please do not leave piles of branches and tree debris roadside. It is a visual nuisance and fire hazard. Thank you for your cooperation!
The Fire Safety Committee wishes to thank everyone who came to our event last Saturday. Lots of great information was shared, new connections were made, and tasty food was had! Videos of our speakers are now available to view!
First Hand Wildfire Account – The experience of a wildfire evacuee that lost her home to wildfire and her lessons learned – Melissa Marsted, Pinebrook resident
Emergency Communications - What you need to know - Kathryn McMullin, Summit County Emergency Management
Parleys Canyon Fire - A firsthand account and some lessons learned - Brad Washa, Utah Bureau of Land Management State Fuels Specialist (retired)
Weeds, Weeds and More Weeds - What we all should want to know - Sara Jo Dickens, PhD, Owner and Principal Ecologist at Ecology Bridge LLC
And...The Scavenger Hunt Continues!
We raffled prizes at the event on Saturday 5/7 for everyone that submitted a completed Scavenger Hunt checklist. We are doing a second raffle at the end of May for anyone that submits a completed Scavenger Hunt checklist by 5pm on May 31st by email to firstname.lastname@example.org (please just scan or take a photo or your completed checklist and send to us). We are hoping that community members that didn't have time to participate by 5/7 will find time to participate during May.
The remaining prizes include:
- Chubasco $25 gift certificate
- Fresh Market $50 gift certificate
- Woodward t-shirt and beanie
- Woodward All-Day Pass
- Wonderful local restaurant $50 gift card (3)
- Athletic Republic - one week of free training
- Backcountry $100 gift card
Please contact the Committee at email@example.com if you have questions or wish to be added to our email list.
Again, if you haven't completed your Scavenger Hunt make sure to do so, and thanks for helping make our event the success it was!
Please join us at Pinebrook Park Saturday May 7, 2022 from 10 am to 1 pm. We will be sharing information to help prepare Pinebrook residents for wildfire season while fostering a more resilient, connected, and educated community.
Sponsored by the Pinebrook Fire Safety Committee featuring community experts from the Park City Fire District and Summit County.
Information tables and short presentations on various topics including:
- Defensible Space - How can the Park City Fire Department help?
- Emergency Notification Systems - How do they work and are you registered?
- Planning for Evacuations - Are you familiar with Pinebrook's two-page evacuation planning document?
- Parleys Canyon Fire - What are our lessons learned?
- Community Engagement - Learn about the Fire Safety Committee and how to get involved.
- Weed Issues - What we all should want to know!
A food truck and fire truck will be joining us too!
Ahead of the event, we encourage all members of the Pinebrook community to participate in our Wildfire Safety & Prevention Scavenger Hunt. As a participant, you will have an opportunity to become better prepared for a wildfire event and will be eligible for one of approximately ten raffle prizes from our five event sponsors. All you need to do to participate is print the attached one page checklist (the pdf version of the checklist can be found via this link: Scavenger Hunt), invest about ninety minutes of your time in safety related initiatives and return the completed checklist to the Pinebrook Fire Safety Committee May 31st, 2022.
Please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions or for more information.