During the first few days of January of 2007, a group of women from Magalia boarded a tour bus to see Menopause the Musical, in San Francisco. After enjoying the performance, and returning on the bus with wine and champagne, discussion turned to how nice it would be if they organized to do something good for the community. By the time the women disembarked the bus, and probably a result of the spirits onboard, they settled on raising funds the same way the women did in the film, Calendar Girls, by selling a tastefully done but fairly risqué calendar. The decision, in fact, spurred the naming of the group-- Bare on the Ridge (BOTR). The risqué calendar idea went by the wayside; however, the raising of funds to benefit the community did not. The group, led by their first President, Bonnie Weber, decided that they wanted to ensure the safety of the people, livestock and property on the Ridge, and given the ever-shorter fall of government funding to staff the lookout at Sawmill Peak, that would be the group’s primary goal.
To that end, BOTR went into action. The first event in 2007, a Father’s Day brunch at the PPPOA in Magalia, raised approximately $2,000 for the organization—and the women have never looked back. Adding bake sales, selling “Root Bare Floats,” holding annual yard sales, information booths at events, creating and publishing an extremely popular cookbook and actually coming out with a tamer calendar in 2010—featuring firemen and their pets, and our very successful fashion show. Fire detection in rural areas is evolving. Given the realities of several years of drought, fire danger is ever present on the ridge. Cal Fire-Butte County indicated its desire to implement ForestWatch™ (EnviroVision), an early wildfire detection camera system, with cameras strategically placed throughout the county. The system, which now includes four installations, relies on each camera providing a 24/7 360-degree view of a 707 sq. mile area. With each camera having a $51,000 price tag, BOTR knew they had to step up, ramping up its 2014 fundraisers to include bowling and golf tournaments, and a summer time raffle. As a result, BOTR, Cal-Fire and multiple partners were all instrumental in the successful installation of the fourth camera. The group is now committed to focus fundraising to ensure the maintenance, liability insurance, Internet connection, security, and all repairs to the system. It also plans on a more active role in providing fire-safety education on the Ridge. Visit our Bare on the Ridge Facebook page or website BareontheRidge.org. Contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org or P.O.Box 883, Magalia, CA 95954. Membership is open to any person in Butte County or surrounding areas.