National Fire Prevention Month

October is National Fire Prevention Month and a great time to better understand the wildfire urban interface in Southern California.

As the population continues to grow, communities have expanded further into the wildland-urban interface. Drawn by nature, views, solitude and an escape from the city, people continue to locate near the brush areas of LA County despite the higher wildfire risk. And there are also many urban interface zones right in the city core – where many homes are located against brush covered canyons and hillsides. The risks affect the entire Southern California community as whether its fire, smoke or ash, everyone experiences the effects of wildfires in some form or another.

To reduce wildfire impact, local county fire departments have joined forces to create the “Ready! Set! Go!” Personal Wildfire Action Plan campaign. The program offers homeowners advance planning strategies to save lives and property through proven and cutting-edge methods including hardening homes, creating defensible space, and fuel modification.

Before the next inevitable wildfire happens, homeowners can become wildfire-ready with the tools and resources offered by the LA County Fire Department:

PUBLIC EDUCATION VIDEO:
http://www.fire.lacounty.gov/Galleries/Videos/readysetgo/lacofd_video_page.html

READY! SET! GO! ACTION PLAN GUIDE
http://www.fire.lacounty.gov/safetypreparedness/readysetgo/home.asp

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