May 7, 2011 (San Diego’s East County)--With fire season around the corner, Governor Jerry Brown declared May 1-7 “Wildfire Awareness Week.” CAL FIRE urges homeowners to be prepared. So far this year, California has experienced above average rainfall, leaving many areas green and overgrown. As warmer temperatures occur, grass and brush will dry out and fire danger will dramatically increase, experts warn.
“This year’s fire season has not started as early as it has in years past,” said Chief Ken Pimlott, CAL FIRE acting director. “That's why residents should take the time now, while the grass is still green, to make sure they are ready for California's wildfires.” Visit www.ReadyForWildfire.org and scroll down for more info.
This year’s theme for Wildfire Awareness Week is once again the nationwide fire preparedness campaign of “Ready, Set, Go!”. Being Ready for a wildfire starts by maintaining 100 feet of Defensible Space and hardening homes with fire resistant building materials.
“This week is a great time for residents to start getting themselves ready for wildfires,” said Chief Pimlott. “It’s the combination of both Defensible Space and the hardening of homes that give a home the best chance of surviving a wildfire.”
Last summer, CAL FIRE launched a new website, www.ReadyForWildfire.org to assist homeowners in preparing for wildfires. The site offers steps residents should take to make their home more resistant to wildfires and to ensure that their family is ready to evacuate early and safely when a wildfire strikes.
CAL FIRE will use Wildfire Awareness Week as an opportunity to answer questions about fire safety and how to be better prepared in an emergency situation.