The San Diego and Riverside County areas are experiencing an early start to their fire season. Some wildfires have resulted in the evacuation of homes already, including the Banner Fire (May 24-29) east of Julian where 5,321 acres were burned. The current Old Fire (currently 75% contained) is burning off of Highway 80, east of Miller Valley Road towards Church Street and east of Campo, and has also resulted in residents being evacuated and 907 acres burned.
Other fires in the area include the Wolford Fire in San Diego and The Border Fire. Riverside County has had three CAL FIRE reported fires including the View Fire (376 acres), the Highland Fire (2,171 acres) and the Creek Fire (76 acres). You can find information about these fires on the Cal Fire incident website. Of course, there have also many smaller fires not reported on the site, including a small fire off of Los Coches in Lakeside, which I encountered on my way home from the recent NFPA conference & expo in Las Vegas.
NOAA and other weather entities have indicated that many areas of the United States are experiencing conditions that could increase a community’s wildfire probability. Instead of being afraid, be prepared. Before a wildfire threatens your area, learn how your community can work together to become a Fire Adapted Community, and save lives and property from wildfire. As a first step in the process, consider NFPA's Firewise Communities Program, which provides homeowners with resources and immediate, simple steps they can use to help safeguard their homes and immediate surroundings. We all have a role to play in protecting ourselves and each other from the risk of wildfire. What is your role?
During this time of high fire activity, it’s important to learn more about what you can do as a homeowner or agency partner to help your home, neighborhood and community and reduce the risk of wildfire damage. For the latest wildfire news, resources and tips, sign up for NFPA’s Firebreak e-newsletter, follow us on Twitter, Facebook and Linked In, and comment on our blogs. Our websites at www.firewise.org and www.fireadapted.org are also great resources, and we encourage you to visit them for more great information.