A community meeting sponsored by the Pine-Strawberry Fire District was held on March 27 at the cultural hall in Pine, with approximately 100 people in attendance.
Dan Eckstein of the U.S. Forest Service, Scott Hunt of Arizona State Land Department, Chief Paul Coe of Pine-Strawberry Fire Department, District 1 County Supervisor Ron Christensen, and Art Knapheide, chair of the fire district's Emergency Preparedness Task Force, made presentations to the public. The fire department's rehab group served coffee, lemonade, tea and cookies.
A variety of subjects were covered, including the outlook of the upcoming fire season, how to prepare for this summer, the need to clean up homesites and lots, and the availability of the Forest Service, Arizona State Land, and the fire department to give advice on how to make homes fire safe.
Christensen announced that starting April 1, the public can take pine needles and brush (no rocks, lumber, etc.) to the landfill to be run through a chipper in a special area, at a reduced rate of $20 per ton.
The status of the Community Alert Siren System and how it will work was discussed. As of this date, $31,000 is still needed to complete the funding of the $81,000 project. Checks can be made to the Pine-Strawberry Fire Department, P.O. Box 441, Pine, AZ, 85544. Please note Siren Project on your check. Donations are tax deductible.
The fire district has been asked to hold another meeting on the siren project only. This meeting will be held Tuesday, April 6, from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m.. at the Pine fire station.
For more information, call Chief Paul Coe 476-4272 or Art Knapheide at 476-3042.