Wildfire Preparedness is up to all of us

Contact(s): USDA Forest Service Pacific Southwest Region, Jonathan Groveman 707-562-8995

[Image]: United States Forest Service Shield.VALLEJO, Calif., May 4, 2020 - The USDA Forest Service Pacific Southwest Region (Region 5) is proud to once again partner with the California Department of Forestry and Fire Prevention (CAL FIRE), and partners across the State, reminding communities and the public that live and work within wildland and forested areas about importance, especially this pandemic emergency, of preparing their homes and properties for wildfire.

"Preparedness is key to California residents reducing their exposure and risks to destructive wildfires," said Anthony Scardina, Deputy Regional Forester for Region 5. "We stand shoulder to shoulder with our wildland fire service partners at the state and local levels to protect our fellow Californians in 2020 and beyond. We need all citizens and visitors of California to help prepare for and prevent wildfires, especially during this pandemic emergency to reduce impacts to communities and preserve firefighting resources throughout the state and country."

The education-focused week occurs annually in May and highlights the benefits and techniques of home hardening, defensible space, and technologies that help homeowners and communities to be both proactive and prepared. Partnership and Preparedness are exponentially more important this year as we all adjust to a new normal.

Help Be A Preparedness Hero:

  • Get your brush clearance and defensible space work done now and keep it maintained.
  • Due to the unprecedented pandemic situation, we need you to do your part more than ever, in preventing human-caused fires. Fewer human-caused fires will not only help protect communities from wildfire but will also preserve firefighting resources.
  • 95 percent of wildfires in California are human-caused, and 25 percent of those are form unattended campfires. Help us, by reducing so many of the wildfires that can be prevented. Abide by your local fire restrictions, don't park in overgrown grass, if towing a trailer make sure the tow chains are not dragging on the ground, drown your campfire and BBQs and make sure they are dead out.
  • We need you to be extra cautious this year with any kind of ignition source, whether using a welding torch, a lantern or smoking. One less spark could mean one less preventable wildfire.

 CAL FIRE Quote:
"This is a week CAL FIRE, our partners and cooperators across the State have the opportunity to remind residents about the dangers posed by year-round wildfires, the simple steps that should be followed to prepare for them, and what the public can do to prevent them from starting in the first place."

The Forest Service manages 18 National Forests in the Pacific Southwest Region, which encompasses over 20 million acres across California, and assists State and Private forest landowners in California, Hawaii and the U.S. Affiliated Pacific Islands. National forests supply 50 percent of the water in California and form the watershed of most major aqueducts and more than 2,400 reservoirs throughout the state. For more information, visit www.fs.usda.gov/R5.


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