What are simple things we can do to prevent wildfires?



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    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.

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    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

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    1. Keep a buffer zone, or defensible space, around your home of at least 30 feet. This defensible space is created by clearing flammable materials away from your home and outbuildings. Defensible space not only helps protect your home in the critical minutes it takes a fire to pass, but it also gives fire fighters an area to work in. During a large-scale fire when many homes are at risk, fire fighters must focus on homes they can safely defend. Make yours one of them!

    2. Landscape around your home with fire resistant material and plants. A green lawn or a rock garden are good fuel breaks. Stone, brick or masonry walls, free of vegetation, are good fire barriers. Ask your favorite home and garden center about which varieties of plants possess fire resistant traits that can be used in your home’s landscaping. Some examples of fire resistant ground covers are: lily-of-the-valley, periwinkle, bugleweed, and Japanese spurge. Native bearberry and lilac are examples of fire resistant shrubbery.
    3. Trees within the 30 foot defensible space should have all branches removed up to a height of about 7 feet. Keep trees pruned, and space them so their crowns are at least 10 or more feet apart.
    4. Keep your grass well-watered and cut low, especially during times of high fire danger.
    5. Store items that could easily catch fire at least 30 feet away from any structure. These items include stacks of fire wood, brush piles, and other flammable materials.
    6. Keep your roof, rain gutters, and yard clear of pine needles, leaves and other yard debris. A single spark in dried materials like these can start a serious fire.
    7. Make sure your home is accessible to emergency vehicles. Your address should be easily identifiable from the road. Driveways should be wide enough for fire vehicles and clear of low, overhanging branches which could also impede access.
    8. Recycle your yard waste through mulching and composting. Don’t burn it.
    9. Keep fire fighting equipment handy, including garden hoses and fire extinguishers. Have a family emergency plan and practice it.
    10. Report fire immediately by calling 9-1-1.
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    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. 

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         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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