MAY 27, 2010

Orofino Chamber of Commerce

C-PTPA Fire Warden visits Chamber

   Howard Weeks, Chief Fire Warden for C-PTPA, gave a historical perspective on the dangers of big wildfires to people, property, and resources. He gave a PowerPoint presentation slide show showing the destruction caused by the Great Fire of 1910 (also referred to as the Big Blowup and the Big Burn) which raged across northeast Washington, northern Idaho’s panhandle, and western Montana destroying three million acres of timber and taking the lives of 87 people. Mr. Weeks said that fire helped galvanize the Forest Service’s policy of putting out fires immediately.

   C-PTPA will have 60 people on its payroll when this summer rolls around. It is a non-profit, private organization that works in conjunction with other agencies to stop wildfires before they get out-of-control. “C-PTPA is an initial attack organization that prides itself on keeping fires small.”

New members

   Tamarack Signs and Video Flicks are the two newest members welcomed to the chamber.


   The Orofino Chamber Auction was a great success. Stephanie Deyo, President, said the evening was a lot of fun and extended her thanks to everyone who contributed prizes and participated in the event.

4th of July

   The annual 4th of July Celebration will focus on the town’s motto: “A reason for every season” by having prizes designated for each particular season. Revenue for this year’s fireworks is needed, so members are encouraged to sell raffle tickets.

Business after hours

   The next Business after Hours get-together will be held at Dining on the Edge, Thursday, June 10, between 5 and 7 p.m.

Next meeting

   The next meeting is scheduled for June 2, at 12 noon, at the Ponderosa Restaurant. Chamber will hear from Dworshak State Park management.