How to Avoid Long Hot Summer of Wildfires

posted by Cliff Albert -

They seem to be popping up all over the place don’t they?

From the Mexican border to Fallbrook, from Del Cerro to Campo, there have been small brush fires breaking out in recent days.

They have not been big fires but some have threatened homes for a while.  And had some people worried for a while.

But firefighters in each case have been able to stop the spread of flames before they reach any homes.

Part of that is due to the way Cal Fire and local fire agencies attack wildfires these days.  They really attack them.  To keep a small fire from becoming a huge fire, you’ve seen them send lots of fire trucks and lots of water and fire retardant-dropping helicopters and planes to these fires.

And part of the reason these small brush fires haven’t become big brush fires is the time of year and the luck of the weather.  When it’s not really hot and when winds are not really strong, keeping these fires from spreading is much more likely.

But firefighters know, and anyone who has lived in San Diego County or anywhere in California knows that hotter and windier weather will happen at some point because it always does at some point.

And that’s why Cal Fire is renewing its message again that it now sends out a lot about being prepared, urging homeowners and property owners to remove brush and tall grass and cut back trees and shrubs that could spread a fire to homes and buildings.

Stopping fires from starting is also a key so they urge everyone to be careful using tools and machinery near potential fire areas and to keep an eye out in areas where kids play or where homeless people set up encampments and where some of the recent fires have started.

We may have a long hot summer, but if everyone does their part, we don’t have to have a long and bad fire season.

(Photo KOGO News)

Del Cerro Wildfire  June 2018  CE Albert

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