Creek Residents Get A Lesson In Wild Fire Safety

CHRISTOPHER CREEK

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The Christopher/Kohl's Firewise Community meeting was held on Saturday, April 23 at the fire hall. During the meeting, homeowners asked questions about the upcoming fire season.

Sam Seay, community liaison for the Fire Department, spoke on what needed to be done in the area.

Everyone who attended received fire information from Jeri Glover of C-Canyon Homes. Her property was used to demonstrate how to clean up properly. Rob Huft owner of Old Rim Wildland & Tree Service spent many hours clearing the property.

Presidents of homeowners associations were on hand with their concerns. Jim Bayless, president of Hunter Creek Ranch Homeowners Association felt that there was more of a need to clean out 100 feet of space behind the homes on Forest Service property.

He stated the forest that surrounds us needs to be cleaned, and is more of a concern for residents in the event of a fire.

Gary Roberts, district fire protection agent for the Forest Service, couldn't give permission for that kind of clean up. It was brought up that Pine and Strawberry have a firebreak around their area and residents were wondering if they were able to do that here. The response was we are on the agenda, but it doesn't look like it will happen any time soon.

Janice Templeton fire chairperson for the Colcord Road area was on hand and would like to see more residents in that area getting involved. Dave Ezzell, president of Christopher Creek Homeowners Association would like to see residents take on some responsibility for their residents

If you couldn't be at the meeting, visit: www.firewise.org/us.

The Ninth Annual Rusty Cooper Memorial Scholarship Golf Tournament is scheduled for Saturday, May 21, at Pine Meadows Country Club in Overgaard. A 2005 Chevy Trailblazer donated by Courtesy Chevrolet for a hole-in-one prize.

All proceeds benefit Payson High School students. For more information call Power Webb at (928) 474-4903, Karen Thorton (928) 478-4133, Larry Boeschling at (928) 535-5148.

Christopher Creek residents celebrating birthdays this month include: Kendra Lewinson and Marlys Szezepanski (May 4); Pat Guevara (May 5); Pat McCollum (May 8); Nancy Ashby (May 10); Larry Peterson (May 11); Art Gardner and Cindy Sabo (May 12); Jackie Ezzell (May 14); Pam Milhon (May 15); Rhea Hoedl and Dave Carrothers (May 18); Shelly Hansen and Susan Ronn and Victoria Turco (May 19); John Matus (May 22); Olive Matus (May 23); Jerry Fisher and Frank Marazza (May 30). Wishing all of you a very Happy Birthday.

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