Kevin-Snow-fire-620x401By Lonna Calhoun, CEM  –

Founding COPE Preparedness board member, Mike Feyder is also President of Idyllwild Mountain Disaster Preparedness (MDP)which organizes the CERT teams and local volunteers in the communities around Idyllwild. The story of what he has accomplished as a community leader during this enormous fire is incredible.  His group was instrumental in assisting first responders with multiple tasks including evacuations and the re-entry of citizens back into the community. While I was on the phone with him his ham radio and other phones were ringing off the hook. It was fascinating to hear him organizing his troops. In typical Mike Feyder style while he was directing his crew he was concurrently thanking them for their tireless service to the community. What a guy!    Moreover his leadership skills, personality, character and knowledge was critical to the task. The community is fortunate to have his leadership since he has been preparing for his role in this disaster for the last decade. Mike expressed that he would not have been ready for this important role had he not been involved in COPE Preparedness all these years. Sometimes our motivation to a cause or mission comes from an internal knowledge or intuition that we may be called upon for a greater service. Congratulations to Mike and all the volunteers who worked tirelessly during the fire to assist their community.

The community of Idyllwild is once again open for business, after the U.S. Forest Service lifted evacuation orders for both residents and visitors Sunday night.

Over two-thirds of the Mountain Fire, which threatened the community, has been contained.

Highway 243 is completely open, evacuations orders have been lifted and firefighting crews have been scaled back, according to a statement from the Forest Service.

Officials emphasized that the community of Idyllwild was not damaged.

Many of the crews will “mop up” their assigned areas and then be sent home or reassigned to a new incident, Beyer said.

Much of the perimeter that remains to be secured is in “timber areas,” which take more time to clear due to the heavy debris in the area. Rainfall and increased humidity will aid their work, but the chance of flash flooding and debris remains.

More than 27,000 acres were scorched by the flames, which began on July 15.


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2 Responses to COPE Preparedness board member leads volunteer efforts during Idyllwild fire.

  1. Tom Villiger says:

    Great Job Mike…for your leadership in this emergency
    crisis…you are perfect for the role. Thanks Lonna for
    the excellent write-up which highlights the value of
    emergency preparedness! Tom V.

  2. Veronica Alt says:

    I guess all our MDP training was well worth it.

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