Following cuts in Cal-Fire staffing, fire agencies will be out in force next weekend to inspect properties and educate public
June 5, 2011 (San Diego's East County) -- State budget cuts have slashed staffing on Cal-Fire engines from four men to three. The manpower cuts as fire season approaches come at a time when heavy winter rains mean more growth of brush, providing increased fuel for fires. The County asks residents to join in Defensible Space Days and remove fire hazards within 100 feet of your home before peak fire season. Fire agencies and safety groups will be out in the community June 10-12 to provide information about defensible space, including what is required by law and local code.
Defensible Space Days are sponsored by the San Diego County Office of Emergency Services, San Diego County Fire Authority, CAL FIRE and the Regional Fire Advisory Committee.
State law requires that residents treat 100 feet of defensible space around their homes. Homeowners should also check with their local fire departments for regulations specific to their communities. Residents can take steps such as mowing and properly maintaining lawn and weeds, pruning or removing ignitable trees and shrubs, stacking firewood away from the home and making sure the home’s address is visible to emergency vehicles. Creating defensible space protects a home while providing a safe area for firefighters.