Wildfire: A constant danger

Sesnon/Marek Fire -- F# 10917

The threat of wildfires, earthquakes and other natural disasters is a reality that Southern Californians live with year-round.

With California’s drought now in its fifth year, the potential for wildfires is especially great this summer, said LA County Fire Chief Daryl Osby.

“While El Niño produced some rain, it was not nearly enough to restore water levels or alleviate the heightened threat of wildfire,” he said.

County departments, including Fire, Public Works and the Office of Emergency Management, monitor weather conditions to remain vigilant in their protection of lives and property.

Firefighters use air and ground resources to respond immediately to wildfires before they escalate, Osby said, but fighting fires also means residents need to do their part to prepare for fire emergencies and prevent them from happening in the first place.

The “Ready, Set, Go!” Wildfire Action Plan is available for download at: fire.lacounty.gov.

Residents of fire-prone areas are also invited to visit their local fire station, meet with the crew and discuss concerns particular to their locality. Property owners are strongly advised to keep roof areas free of debris and to clear a defensible space between structures, trees and brush.

To prepare for wildfires and other potential emergencies, the Office of Emergency Management prepared a comprehensive Emergency Survival Guide.

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