Be Prepared — Fire Season is now Year-Round and It’s Especially Bad During Summer Months

By on August 5, 2018

Thankfully the nearby Cranston Fire in the Idyllwild area is now 96 percent contained after blackening 13,139 acres (source: Cal Fire, Aug. 2, 2018 at approx. 7 p.m.). But numerous other fires are raging throughout California, the largest being the Carr Fire in the Redding area.

But the question remains: Are you and your family (and/or your business) prepared for a fire in Yucaipa or one in mountains north of the city’s limits? Fire can break out in a moment’s notice and spread rapidly in California’s – and especially southern California’s – drought-dry conditions. It’s important all residents and visitors take steps to prevent wildfires.

During heightened fire danger, CAL FIRE places additional firefighters on duty, staffs more fire engines and keeps more equipment on at the ready 24-hours-a-day to be able to respond to any new fires. CAL FIRE urges Californians to be extremely cautious, especially during periods of high fire danger. The following are Cal Fire’s suggestions and tips:

Equipment Use Safety

  • Never mow or trim dry grass. (Mow before 10 a.m. on a day when it’s not hot and windy).
  • Never use lawn mowers in dry vegetation.
  • Spark arresters are required in wildland areas on all portable gasoline powered equipment.

Defensible Space

  • Residents should make sure they have 100-feet of defensible space around structures.
  • Clear dead weeds and vegetation.
  • Remove leaves and needles from gutters.
  • Trim branches 6 feet from the ground.

Vehicle

  • Never pull vehicles over in dry grass.
  • Ensure trailer chains don’t drag on the ground.
  • Make sure your vehicle is properly maintained.
  • Have proper tire pressure to avoid driving on wheel rim.
  • Never let your brake pads wear too thin.

Other Tips

  • Make sure cigarette butts are properly extinguished.
  • Never burn landscape debris like leaves or branches on NO Burn Days or when it’s windy or areas where not allowed.
  • Target shoot only in approved areas, use lead ammunition only, and never at metal targets.
  • Report any suspicious activities to prevent arson.

Cal Fire also offers extensive fire preparation information on its website with it’s Ready, Set, Go campaign. Visit the website at: http://www.readyforwildfire.org/Prepare-For-Wildfire/. One less spark and your preparedness ahead of a wildfire can make all the difference for you, your family, your pets and your community.