Wildfire preparedness week starts tomorrow for California

While Oregon had its wildfire preparation day today, California will have its wildfire preparedness week starting on Sunday.

Posted: May 1, 2021 4:36 PM

CALIFORNIA---  California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection says after the 2020 fire season broke records, the 2021 wildfire season could be as catastrophic and devastating.

“So far this year, CAL FIRE has responded to more than 1,300 wildfires that have burned more than 3,500 acres on state and federal lands combined.”

It says California experienced six of the largest and most destructive wildfires in state history in 2020 when more than four-million acres burned across the state, double the previous record from 2008. For another statistic, it says approximately 25% of the state’s population, or 11-million Californians, live in high-risk fire zones.

With ongoing dry conditions and temperatures well above normal for this time of year, CAL FIRE is encouraging personal responsibility against wildfire. It is asking people to “Do Your Part to Protect Your Community - Create Defensible Space and Harden Your Home” during California’s Wildfire Preparedness Week May 2-8.

CAL FIRE says, “Being proactive and prepared for wildfire is crucial to making our communities more resilient to the impacts of wildfire. You can dramatically increase your safety and the survivability of your home by preparing well in advance of a wildfire.”

CAL FIRE Chief Thom Porter says CAL FIRE has increased fire protection resources with 1,399 additional firefighters, 30 new fire crews, five state-of-the-art CAL FIRE S70i Hawk helicopters, enhanced technology to assist with fire behavior modeling, on-demand wildfire spread prediction, and wildfire risk forecasting capabilities. “While we are ramping up our preparedness; residents need to do the same.”

California says the State budgeted more than $1-billion for fire management, fire prevention, mitigation efforts including prescribed fire and fuel breaks, forest health, and home hardening.

CAL FIRE is developing and maintaining a list of more than 500 fuel projects across the state for fuel reduction work.

It says, “Firefighting alone cannot protect us. Californians have an important role in preventing wildfires as well as preparing for the upcoming wildfire season. Now is the time to ensure adequate defensible space around homes and buildings, make homes more fire resistant and have an emergency preparedness/escape plan.”

More wildfire safety and preparedness information is available at www.ReadyForWildfire.org.

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Multnomah37830583
Washington25279229
Marion21739306
Clackamas17107209
Lane12799145
Jackson10716135
Deschutes866973
Umatilla814084
Linn479867
Yamhill441175
Klamath430861
Polk369952
Malheur349861
Josephine330268
Douglas322070
Benton302619
Jefferson216734
Coos204633
Columbia170526
Union144423
Lincoln137020
Wasco137028
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Morrow110015
Crook106520
Clatsop9738
Baker94614
Curry6459
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Grant5065
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Reported Deaths: 62280
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Los Angeles123542224008
Riverside2990644587
San Bernardino2965144697
San Diego2777593725
Orange2707055005
Santa Clara1188512085
Kern1089931373
Sacramento1041761672
Fresno1016251684
Alameda875851545
Ventura808421011
San Joaquin730091391
Contra Costa68503804
Stanislaus619161055
Tulare49554839
Monterey43563382
San Mateo41844568
San Francisco36616543
Santa Barbara34306453
Solano32752249
Merced31743458
Sonoma29975318
Imperial28352721
Kings22965246
Placer22550290
San Luis Obispo21282260
Madera16439242
Santa Cruz16188206
Marin14034228
Yolo13875209
Shasta12071226
Butte11943199
El Dorado10111112
Napa984981
Sutter9411111
Yuba622146
San Benito604863
Lassen569824
Tehama555358
Nevada470775
Tuolumne412364
Mendocino406149
Humboldt393539
Amador365147
Lake346743
Glenn238125
Colusa223016
Siskiyou218123
Calaveras212153
Inyo142638
Del Norte13678
Mono12804
Plumas7066
Modoc4954
Mariposa4457
Trinity3995
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