ANAHEIM, Calif. (Jan. 12, 2016) - Anaheim Fire & Rescue is pleased to announce a collaboration with Orange County Conservation Corps (OCCC) for the removal and thinning of vegetation in Deer Canyon Park and Pelanconi Park. Beginning this week, members of the OCCC will be clearing brush and reducing vegetation in advance of the fire season starting with Deer Canyon Park. Members of the community may see and hear work being done in and around the park and its entrances between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. during the weekdays for the next 60 days weather permitting. 20 Corps members will be in attendance and fully supervised.
The affiliation with OCCC is a continued effort of the Department’s comprehensive Community Risk Reduction program specifically focused on the Wildland Urban Interface efforts. Defensible space has proven to be successful to thwart forward moving wildland fires. A home within one mile of a natural area is at risk of wind-driven flying embers which can attack one’s home far from the actual flame of the wildfire.
“Parts of the eastern portion of Anaheim are considered very high fire severity zones,” said Anaheim Fire Chief Randy R. Bruegman. “Teaming with OCCC, we have the opportunity to reduce the fire hazard and provide more defensible space against future wildfires for property owners. At the same time, we are providing young adults with a meaningful educational and valuable work experience. The buffer created by OCCC will reduce the risk of flying embers and help keep the fire away. Everyone benefits from this collaboration.”
Founded in 1993, OCCC is a private, non-profit organization that serves young adults who need support in the transition of adolescence to adult employability by providing work projects that benefit the community while instilling a work ethic and sense of public service. In many cases, OCCC provides the first paid work experience for Orange County’s young adults.
“OCCC has a long history of working with both public and private sectors to perform various conservation and environmentally related services,” said Jeremy Newton, project manager at OCCC. “We’re excited to work with Anaheim Fire & Rescue to reduce the fire hazards for Anaheim’s residents.”
Once the work assignment is completed in Deer Canyon Park, OCCC will start hazard reduction mitigation in Pelanconi Park.