Wildfire Preparedness Week

PREPARE FOR WILDFIRE

Record rainfall this past winter brought relief to drought conditions in the county and the state, however the much needed rainfall created a sizable crop of new-growth grass. With summer quickly approaching, the grass will dry into fuel-ripe tinder. Now is the time to act to prevent the next wildfire.

The Santa Barbara County Fire Department urges all residents and visitors to learn how to prepare for the next wildfire. Please visit any of the following websites to learn more about wildfire readiness:

www.ReadyForWildfire.org

Ready, Set, Go! Campaign

CalFire Wildfire Preparedeness Week

www.sbcfire.com

Download the CAL FIRE READY FOR WILDFIRE App:

In Santa Barbara County, we need to understand the potential fire risk, learn to accept fire as part of our natural landscape, and take action before a wildfire starts in order to minimize harm to homes and businesses. We encourage residents to help safeguard their homes by looking for points of entry where embers can enter the home during a fire. Wind can carry embers up to a mile away from the fire front, creating new fires that can destroy homes. 

Home and property safety preparation should also include creating a defensible space by clearing brush at least 100-feet or more away from your home and using fire resistant landscaping to help stop the spread of wildfire. Santa Barbara County firefighters will begin defensible space inspections to homes in the the Urban Wildland Interface beginning June 1. It’s not only a good idea, it’s also the law.  Homeowners in the State Responsibility Areas (SRA) and Local Responsibility Areas (LRA) are subject to citation and fines for failure of compliance.

A drill will be held in the area of last July’s Holiday Fire in Goleta on May 8th.  This class will entail multiple fire agencies from both Santa Barbara and San Luis Obispo Counties responding to a simulated large-scale fire. There will be three different training facets, including aircraft operations, structure protection, and progressive hose lays.

The reality is that during the early hours of a major wildfire, there will simply not be enough firefighters and aircraft to defend every home and property.  Community members must take personal responsibility for protecting their home, their family, and themselves.  Take the time. Have a plan. It’s not a matter of if, but when the next fire will begin in our area.