Wildfire Prevention is Most Successful as a Community Effort
You can help protect your neighborhood from the threat of wildfires.
After experiencing more winter and spring rainfall than usual, it may be difficult to think of wildfires as a prevalent danger for summer and fall. However, more rain means more vegetation that will eventually dry out and become combustible.
Firefighters prepare for wildfires through training and fire hazard abatement and community awareness programs, but also encourage residents to proactively prepare their homes. Here are a few tips to keep you, your loved ones, and your home safe:
- We live in a high risk area so be sure to create a defensible space around your home that includes low growing plants with high moisture content.
- Remove dead branches or trees and clear weeds and dry vegetation from around your yard, parkway, and trails.
- Protect your roof and eaves from embers that fly in a wildfire by cleaning your rain gutters and inspecting attic roof vents for proper installation and integrity.
- Create and practice an evacuation plan with your household, especially for what to do when everyone is not home.
Rancho Cucamonga firefighters stand ready to respond to wildfires following joint training exercises with Federal, State, and local agencies that strengthen relationships and refine strategies and tactics for an effective response. Community help is also critical to remaining resilient to the threat of wildfires in our region. We encourage you to take this opportunity to not only consider the tips above but also put a plan together that benefits the entire ReadyRC community. History shows that wildfire threats are not a matter of if, but when. Join our efforts to be a safe community that is always #ReadyRC.