About us

The overall goal of the Fire Safe Council is to protect human life and the natural environment while reducing costs and losses from wildland fire on private and public land. Other goals include the identification and implementation of fuels reduction projects, the dissemination of information and educational material and the setting up of educational meetings and workshops with service organizations, home owners and others interested in the council’s message of “Defensible Space.” Its long-term goal is to promote the thoughtful reintroduction of fire to mimic natural fire cycles, promote environmental health and reduce wildfire hazard.

For more information regarding the Highway 168 Fire Safe Council, please see the 2018 Community Wildfire Protection Plan.


Board of Directors

Howard Hendrix


Howard Hendrix is a published author and professor at CSU Fresno. He has served on the board of the Sierra and Foothill Citizens Alliance for many years. Additionally, he has provided almost 20 years of service with the Pine Ridge Volunteer Fire Department and has been involved with the Pine Ridge Property Owner's Association (PRPOA). He currently serves as the President of both the Council and the PRPOA.

Ryan Stewart

Vice President

Ryan has a Bachelor of Science in Forestry from Humboldt State University and is a Registered Professional Forester and Air Force veteran. He works in Shaver Lake as the Forestry Supervisor for Southern California Edison and lives in Auberry with his wife and two daughters.

Sher Beard


Sher has a Bachelor of Science degree in Criminology and a Juris Doctorate Degree from San Joaquin College of Law. She is a licensed Attorney and currently works in Big Creek as a Senior Advisor for Southern California Edison.


Committee Members

Pat Gallegos - Grant Administration

Warren Colbert - Member

Gus Gustafson - Member



P.O. Box 639, Prather, CA 93651

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