Cal Fire relaunches wildfire preparedness website
When it comes to wildfire preparedness, remember “Ready, Set, Go,” says Cal Fire.
It’s Wildfire Awareness Week, and Cal Fire officials remind residents of the dangers from wildfires and the simple steps they can take to prepare for them.
“Despite a rainy March, this year’s overall precipitation is below average,” said Chief Ken Pimlott, Cal Fire director. “As a result of the dry winter, the number of wildfires that Cal Fire firefighters have responded to is nearly three times that of last year.”
According to the state’s final snow survey on May 1, the statewide snowpack water content is just 40 percent of normal.
Being ready for a wildfire starts by maintaining 100 feet of defensible space and hardening homes with fire resistant building materials, states a Cal Fire news release.
“Before we get into the peak of fire season, residents should prepare themselves, their families, and their homes for wildfires,” said Pimlott. “Defensible space and fire resistant building materials really gives a home the best chance of surviving a wildfire.”
Cal Fire has relaunched its wildfire preparedness website, ReadyForWildfire.org, with added features and steps to assist homeowners in preparing for wildfires. The site offers tips to make homes more resistant to wildfires and to ensure that families are ready to evacuate early and safely when a wildfire strikes.
For more information visit fire.ca.gov or ReadyForWildfire.org.
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