By Jeff Mitchell
This week has been declared “Wildfire Awareness Week” in California by Governor Jerry Brown; and as everybody knows in Ramona, this is serious stuff. For those residents who have moved to Ramona within the last few years, pay attention! If the past (Cedar and Witch fires) has taught us anything, it’s that you can never be too prepared.
The fact that California and especially our region has received above average rainfall has left many areas very green and overgrown. Warmer temperatures and drier conditions along with our inherent wind will dry out the grass and brush and create an even greater fire danger than in years past. But this above average rainfall also gives us more opportunity to be prepared. Homeowners should maintain a minimum of 100 feet of Defensible Space and harden their homes with fire resistant materials. Check out: www.readyforwildfire.org.
Another key concern is your evacuation route. On Monday, May 16, at 2 p.m., County Supervisor Dianne Jacob and Lt. Julie Sutton from the Ramona sheriff’s station will moderate a public evacuation forum in Ramona Library. Topics that will be discussed will provide updates on evacuation issues, communications—the reverse 911 system and the lessons learned and improvements made since the 2007 wildfires. Email your questions to: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Ramonans need to be informed and prepared so the problems of the past fires will not be repeated. The wildfire season is coming. It’s not a matter of if your home is at risk, but when.
— Jeff Mitchell