While natural wildfires can be beneficial for an ecosystem and mother nature’s way of balancing things, man-made wildfires should be avoided. One should be smart about burning debris and only burn one pile at a time and not during windy conditions. Using fireworks often can spark a wildfire, so fireworks should only be done in open areas away from buildings and trees. Properly maintaining equipment and electric fences is another must, since faulty equipment could cause a spark to ignite the area.
The city departments will sometimes plan controlled burns to get rid of a lot of the very flammable dry brush. They can control the spread and area burned using the wind and other burn techniques. Residents can protect their homes by creating 100 ft of defensible space as recommended by Cal Fire. This includes maintaining a 100ft radius of well groomed landscape. You should remove dead trees and plants, and trim any that may contact your home. For more information see this website http://www.co.san-diego.ca.us/dplu/fire_resistant.html
One VERY easy thing that could be done is for people to not smoke in the wilderness. Especially in dry seasons. Throwing a lit cigarette butt onto a bunch of dead leaves is like throwing a lit match onto the ground.
Before you go camping, educate yourself about campfire safety and make sure to comply with local regulations. If the forest fire risk is high, consider cooking on a camp stove rather than building a fire. If you do build a fire, be very thorough about putting it out.
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