Dear wildfire survivors and their supporters,
On October 8-9, 2017, my daughter and son-in-law, our had to the devastating Tubbs wildfire. Thousands of other families in Sonoma, Mendocino, and Napa faced by wildfire survivors, recently passed SB 894 and AB 1772, providing relief via extensions to fires in Southern California and Shasta county will soon be facing the same deadlines. All the wildfire survivors desperately need the insurance companies to do the right thing.
The WildfireRead more
For everyone sent here from my Instagram @coaster.comedy this is the petition. A fantastic roller coaster is possibly closing due to the permit board changing their mind's on the decision after the park spent a ton of money to open it and its been enjoyed by countless riders! Please tell the permit board to uphold their decisicion to allow the ride to open.Read more
Coaster ComedyUnited States
Created Oct 28, 2016
Petition to Micheal Farnworth, Cliff Chapman, BC Legaslative Assembly
Forest Fires are a major concern in the hilly state, Uttarakhand. Almost 50 percent forests have been affected by these wildfires in the last five years. The state is economically and ecologically drastically affected each year. Wildlife and human settlements are also affected by the spread of these fires The most crucial time is from March to June and they are constantly on a rise every year. According to reports, the state has already been a witness to 595 fire incidents till May 12. Of these, Tehri Garhwal saw 70 fire incidents, Champawat (60), Pauri Garhwal (68), Dehradun (34), Pithoragarh (27), Rudraprayag (26), Bageshwar (20), Chamoli (15), Haridwar (13), Uttarkashi (12), and Udham Singh Nagar (4). Almora and Nainital are the worst hit districts so far. Numerous GIS/ Real time techniques are supposedly being employed by the forest authorities although no relief has been spotted at the ground level. Many toll free numbers are being circulated to inform the forest officials in case of a fire outbreak but it hasn't been of much help till now. It is known that the causes of fire are majorly man made but less rainfall also has a role to play in this disastrous spread every year. Agricultural practices to reduce pine leaves from litter in the forests to burning of garbage dumps near the forest areas are primary reasons for man made fires which mostly go out of hand.
By a time any action is taken by the forest officials/ fire department, the damage is done which is irreparable. It is estimated that it takes nearly three years for the forest to heal. It is important to spread awareness about this ghastly situation and to involve locals in becoming a solution to the problem, rather than the cause. Instead of totally wiping out Pine trees, it is important that trees like Oak, Rhododendron and Kail are re planted in the mid hilly areas. Efforts should be made to protect the endangered species rather than introducing other exotic species which may or may not survive in this area.
Our community needs to wake up to this call and work together to save our hills. Do your bit in saving the ecology of the hills by signing this petition so that immediate action is taken by the officials and such instances are reduced immediately, if not curbed.
Saving a tree equals to increased possibility of restoring the forest health.
Save forests, save future. Read more
Himanshi UpadhyayaDerby, United Kingdom
Created May 14, 2019
Petition to U.S. Senate, U.S. House of Representatives, California State Senate, Edmund G. Brown Jr., California State House
The time has come to rethink our fire attack strategy in California. We need to build a fire fighting force that is capable of containing wild land fires in their infancy. The number of catastrophically destructive fires has increased dramatically over the last decade. The resources required to manage these fires grows exponentially in the initial hours after ignition.
We are calling for a dramatic increase in our air attack capacity. More Very Large Air Tankers (VLATs) should be made available. At least 25 VLATs need to be on the ready across the western states at all times during the fire season. They should be augmented by an appropriate number of smaller air tankers, helicopters, and observation aircraft. These forces should be stationed in multiple locations allowing for aircraft to be on scene within 90 minutes.
We need to empower our firefighting force to react aggressively with a minimum amount of bureaucracy to directly suppress all wild fires, containing them on the first day.
Once containment has been established a more deliberative process can be used to determine the fate of the fire.
Jerry BakerUnited States
Created Aug 9, 2018
Petition to Gatlinburg Mayor Mike Werner, Gatlinburg City Manager Cindy Ogle
Wildfire and the efforts to rebuild.
Resolution No 939 should not have been passed without any discussion never want anyone to experience the horror we did escaping Gatlinburg on November 28, 2016
Gatlinburg Wildfire Survivors
Lauren JustineGatlinburg, TN, United States
Created Jul 6, 2017
Petition to Honourable Jason Kenny, Ms. Rachel Notley
The Government of Alberta recently released a budget that cuts wildfire funding, which will significantly decrease the success that Wildfire Management has in deterring, detecting, and fighting into a wildfire where helicopters are unable to land), cutting 30 lookout towers (human-manned towers instrumental in effective wildfire fighting.If you are an Albertan, please sign the petition to call on the GoA to roll back the cuts to wildfire funding.Read more
Marin Community Wildfire Protection Plan (CWPP) has documented that FIRE PREVENTION requires multiple. The Marin Wildfire Prevention Authority Measure (MWPAM) mission is to “help protect Marin from the very real threat of wildfire”. Unlawful encampments pose a real threat of wildfire, especiallyRead more
Gina Meyersan rafael, CA, United States
Created Sep 19, 2020
Petition to Jeff Maltbie, David Pucci, Richard Sampson, Stan Maupin, Mark Olbert, Ron Collins, Jonathan Cox, Adam Rak, Sara McDowell, Laura Parmer-Lohan
Network of Fire Sensors and Cameras Could Avoid Disaster in High Hazard Areas
Still reeling from the horrendous wildfires of the summer, many communities and utility companies are looking for ways to detect threats before they become blazing infernos. Sonoma County, where the disastrous Tubbs Fire burned thousands of homes in Santa Rosa last year, recently announced that it will spend nearly $500,000 on a pilot project of eight high-definition network-based cameras to monitor hillside watershed terrain for future fire dangers.
We should be looking at doing the same in San Carlos, where dense foliage, dry grass and dying trees in the western elevations of our city represent a tinderbox for wildfires.
Every year, some 10,000 residents in the homes along the ridgeline of Crestview Drive and in Devonshire Canyon worry about the potential threats to their property and personal safety. All that it takes is a spark from a passing vehicle, a cigarette tossed on the ground, a falling utility pole, or a lightning strike to create a catastrophe.
Fire that is undetected – such as in the middle of the night or at the bottom of a steep canyon – could quickly spread if high winds are present. And that could prompt a major emergency. No one can forget the Oakland Hills fire in 1991 that killed 25 people and destroyed nearly 3,500 homes. And it’s not just the highlands that are at risk, because burning embers launched skyward could land in the flatlands east of the ridge.
Since we are constantly reminded of the extreme fire hazard in our Bay Area hills during the summer and fall heat waves, shouldn’t we be doing something to protect our populous suburban areas from future disaster?
Already available is a tried-and-true technology -- thermal-imaging cameras that can pinpoint near and far sources of heat. The cameras are so sensitive that they can even detect heat profiles from birds, mammals and humans. But these devices can be programmed to specifically target unusual heat anomalies and fires. They have been installed nationwide at electrical substations, wood chip piles, recycling/reclamation yards and other industrial sites where combustion and overheating are ever-present concerns.
In addition to these stationary camera deployments, fire departments around the country have been using hand-held thermal imaging devices to locate hotspots and flames through dense smoke when firefighters enter burning structures.
Mounted on utility or telecom poles, as well as on buildings or other structures, the thermal cameras can “see” through smoke, rain, fog and dust, at distances of 1,000 feet or more. And they are not affected by nighttime darkness.
In the best-case scenario, each thermal imaging camera would be paired with a standard digital camera that provides visual confirmation for firefighters. One of the leaders in thermal technology, an American company called FLIR, manufactures a unit that combines both imagers. FLIR and other manufacturers also offer an array of dedicated thermal-only models. Users can choose different lenses depending on the field of view, and these can range from wide angle (90 degrees) to narrow angle (9 degrees).
The “engine” of any networked camera system is the software. Embedded Logix, a Michigan-based technology company, recently introduced open-platform software that is designed for residential areas. When a heat source is detected by the camera sensors, the software can issue alert notices via text or email to multiple recipients – including nearby residents as well as the fire department. Thus, a Neighborhood Watch group that was formed to deter crime could also receive alerts on potential fire dangers, thereby becoming a Neighborhood Fire Watch.
The software sends information on camera location, enables live access to the thermal imaging and provides details on the heat source. When triggered by an alert, a camera begins recording and the video is stored in the “cloud” (i.e. virtualization), through an Internet-based connection, for future review and reference. The software settings and management are also cloud-based. Thus, devices such as mobile phones, laptops, tablets and personal computers can all be part of the authorized alert network without requiring individual software installations.
Although a detailed site survey would be needed, one scenario for the Crestview area would be eight camera locations, with costs that could range from $500,000 to $1 million for initial installations. While utilities might ultimately show interest in supporting such a plan, funding could be made available right now from a $6 million restitution that PG&E paid to the city in connection with the natural gas pipeline issues affecting both San Bruno and San Carlos. The fine was imposed by regulators from the California Public Utilities Commission, and each city received a $6 million payment last spring.
San Carlos has already committed $4 million, mostly for an upgraded Highway 101 interchange on Holly Street, but $2 million remains to be dispersed through a new nonprofit Community Foundation created by the city government. A committee is being formed to review proposals and should be meeting in the near future.
Given the fire hazards that persist in our city, year after year, wouldn’t it be appropriate to use money generated from one public safety threat to help offset another public safety threat?
If you agree that the city should pursue an early-warning fire detection system for our most vulnerable neighborhoods, please add your voice and support to this petition.
-- Ken Castle
For an idea of how thermal cameras can detect wildfires, click on this link to a newscast from San Diego:
And here is a link to an article about the camera project in Sonoma County:
Ken CastleSan Carlos, CA, United States
Created Sep 27, 2018
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