Governor Brown Proclaims It "Wildfire Awareness Week"

Governor Brown Proclaims It "Wildfire Awareness Week" 

Monday Governor Brown proclaimed it “Wildfire Awareness Week,” and CAL Fire director Chief Ken Pimlott points out “the reality is that in a major wildfire, there simply will not be enough aircraft, fire engines or firefighters to defend every home in the early stages of the incident—this reality requires everyone to take personal responsibility for protecting yourself, your family, and your community.” Along with creating a defensible space by clearing brush at least 100 feet or more away from dwellings and outbuildings and using fire resistant landscaping to help stop the spread of wildfire, State Fire Officials say to safeguard your home by using fire-safe construction features. By accepting fire as part of the natural landscape, and taking action before a wildfire starts, will help minimize harm. Increased fire danger and public safety risks continue due to lower moisture levels from the state’s recent five year drought as well as bark beetle infestations; current statewide mortality figures are an estimated 129 million trees. CAL Fire officials note that already this year crews have already responded to 950 wildfires that burned over 5,800 acres.

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