Fires are already starting to pop up in and around California. It’s officially fire season and officials are predicting that it’s going to be an active season due to low rain counts from the winter.
This year, 1,782 brush fires have burned 8,545 acres in areas that Cal Fire patrols. Add to that the 1,800-acre fire in the Sequoia National Forest near Fresno this month. Last year at this time, 946 fires had charred 5,985 acres.
Tips to prevent causing a fire:
- Don’t use a lawn mower to cut high grass.
- Don’t keep a campfire smoldering.
- Don’t toss a cigarette butt out a window.
- Don’t pull your car over into a high-brush area.
Safety officials recommend being especially careful with power equipment, a primary source of fires, particularly when grass is higher than normal. It’s safest to cut dead grass within 100 feet of your home in the morning or on cool days.
- Clear your roof of leaves in case embers drift onto your property.
- Fully extinguish flaming objects including cigarettes and charcoal.
- Use portable gas stoves when cooking away from home
Last but not least, consider a fireproof wall like Stackwall to protect your home and property from being penetrated by a fire. Fires can’t burn through concrete so it’s one extra step you can take in stopping a blaze right at your back door…be safe this fire season California!