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Wildfire Awareness Week going on now

Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger has signed a proclamation officially recognizing May 7-13 as “Wildfire Awareness Week” in California.

“Wildfire Awareness Week is a valuable opportunity for California’s fire agencies and communities to reduce the risk of wildfire and increase public safety and environmental health,” the governor’s proclamation states.

The Nevada-Yuba-Placer Unit of the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (CDF) will kick off Wildfire Awareness Week on May 7, 2006. “CDF is preparing for fire season and you should too,” said CDF Unit Chief Brad Harris. “Now is the time to clear the flammable material around your structures to create a defensible space. It is clear that defensible space increases the chance that your home will survive a wildfire.”



The January 2005 change to Public Resources Code 4291 requires that the defensible space around structures be a minimum of 100 feet. The 30 feet nearest to the structure is the Lean, Clean, and Green Zone. This area requires the greatest reduction in flammable vegetation. The Fuel Reduction Zone in the remaining 70 feet (or to the property line) will depend on the steepness of the property and the vegetation. In this zone, spacing between plants and the removal of “ladder” fuels and lower limbs beneath large trees is critical. Additionally, be sure to remove any “build-up” of leaves, needles, or debris from gutters and roofs. Keep tree limbs trimmed at least 10 feet from any chimneys and remove dead limbs that hang over your home or garage.

Specific information can be found by contacting the local CDF Fire Station, or fire safe council, or by visiting http://www.fire.ca.gov.


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