Riverside County Supervisor Jeff Stone Presents Plaque to Blair Ceniceros
On Saturday, July 8, 2006, Riverside County 3rd District Supervisor, Jeff Stone, presented Blair Ceniceros a plaque from Riverside County commemorating Ceniceros tenure as President of the Mountain Communities Fire Safe Council. Ceniceros began his leadership as president of the MCFSC in 2003 and stepped down in May, 2006 but will remain on the Board.
As a new organization, Ceniceros guided the MCFSC in setting its direction, a direction which continues to this day. During his tenure the MCFSC has accomplished as much or more than any fire safe council in the state. It has gotten over $2 million in grants to assist property owners in fire abating their property and to purchase needed equipment to be able to work in the community. It organized a group of citizens (the “Woodies”) to do abatement as requested by homeowners, donated firewood to the Help Center for those who are in need and worked to organize education programs for the public and school children on forest health and the need for fire abatement. Ceniceros met with local, state and Federal politians on the needs of the area, and has actively worked with other agencies through MAST to accomplish the goals of the organization.
During its beginnings the MCFSC worked with the USDA Forest Service to begin the creation of the Pine Cove Fuel break. That work and the early work of the “Woodies” led to the MCFSC getting its first of several grants. Later the work done by the organization under Ceniceros leadership, led to Laurie Rosenthal, San Jacinto District Ranger, recommending the MCFSC for the 2003 USDA Forest Service Rural Community Assistance National Action Award which gave it national recognition.
One of the highlights of Ceniceros tenure has been the development of positive working relationships with the local Riverside County fire agencies and officials, the California Dept. of Forestry and Fire Protection, the USDA Forest Service and the Mountain Area Safety Taskforce.
A final accomplishment before leaving office was the development of the Community Wildfire Protection Plan which was a multi-agency effort with the MCFSC effort being led by Blair and his wife Kay. This plan was recently approved by the Riverside County Board of Supervisors and may become a model for other local communities.
MCFSC thanks Blair for his tenure as president and looks forward to his continued guidance as a member of the Board.