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Wildfire Awareness Week

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It’s Wildfire Awareness Week in California. Time to raise the awareness of the risk of catastrophic wildfire in our state. The chance of a massive wildfire is exceptionally high due to extreme drought. Residents should also be aware of the number of trees that appear to be dead or dying in the forest. With the number of catastrophic fires in California last year, the risk of potential wildfire danger is still present. The U.S. Forest Service and fire departments throughout the state are reminding California residents of the dangers posed by wildfires and the simple steps that should be followed to prepare for and prevent a catastrophic wildfire.

People living in wild-land urban interface areas, should prepare their homes by removing leaves and pine needles from the roof and deck. They should also get rid of fallen trees, firewood and other flammable material to clear a defensible space around their house.

Because droughts also increase the risk of wildfires, being prepared is extremely important. Even though California has received some much-needed rain this past winter, we are not out of the woods when it comes to drought. 

With fire activity above average, Californians should remember that a large percentage of wildfires are ignited by people, which means most wildfires can be preventable. One of the leading causes of wildfires is outdoor powered equipment, which should be used before 10 a.m. and never on hot and windy days. When clearing dead or dying grass, do not use a lawn mower or weed trimmer with a metal blade. Make sure your vehicle is properly maintained and has nothing dragging on the ground like trailer chains. All residents and vacationers need to be extra cautious outdoors. One less spark means one less wildfire!

Learn more about Wildfire Prevention at: www.preventwildfireca.org