With ongoing drought-like conditions and peak Santa Ana winds, October is notoriously the start of the toughest season for fighting fires in San Diego County. Historically, it’s also the month when our region’s most devastating wildfires have happened.
To keep you alert + protected against wildfires, here are some local safety resources.
- The “Ready, Set, Go! Wildland Fire Action Guide” includes tips on creating defensible space around your home — the area between a structure + wildland that creates a safety buffer — making your home fire resistant, and preparing your family for emergencies. It’s also available in Spanish.
- The county’s ReadySanDiego site offers a Wildfire Hazard Map Tool to check out fire hazard levels in your area + learn how to reduce your risk. You’ll also find info on the best types of fire-resistant plants to grow around your property.
- CAL Fire has put together this brochure with tips on assembling an emergency supply kit + prepping an evacuation plan.
- Download the county’s SD Emergency app for iOS or Android to receive public safety updates + help you create a family emergency plan — and follow online.
- Follow the San Diego Fire-Rescue Department (SDFD) on Twitter for updates — and check out the department’s wildland fire tips.
- The Fire Safe Council of San Diego County offers fire safety programs + workshops; keep an eye on the nonprofit’s calendar to find one near you.
- Teach your kids about fire safety using these SDFD tips.
- Plan a small tour to a local fire station to learn safety first-hand from the pros.