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One Less Spark, One Less Wildfire

Post Date:04/02/2014

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CAL FIRE is asking homeowners to prepare earlier in creating defensible space due to California's current drought conditions. A few helpful reminders and safety tips include:

  1. Equipment Use Safety
    • Never mow or trim dry grass on a Red Flag Warning Day. Mow before 10am on a day when it is not hot and windy.
    • Never use lawn mowers in dry vegetation.
    • Spark arresters are required in wildland areas on all portable gasoline powered equipment.
  2. Campfire Safety
    • Before starting a campfire, make sure you have a campfire permit and that they are permitted on the land you are visiting.
    • Afterwards, ensure that your campfire is properly extinguished.
  3. Vehicle Safety
    • Never pull over in dry grass.
    • Ensure trailer chains do not drag on the ground
    • Make sure that your vehicle is properly maintained.
    • Have proper tire pressure to avoid driving on wheel rim.
    • Never let your brake pads wear too thin.
  4. Other Safety Tips
    • Make sure cigarette butts are properly extinguished.
    • Never burn landscape debris (leaves or branches) on NO BURN days when it is windy or in areas where burning is not allowed.
    • Target shoot only in approved areas, use lead ammunition only, and never shoot at metal targets.
    • Report any suspicious activity to prevent arson.

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2014 Wood Chipping dates are now available, please review the news article, "Chipper Program Dates for 2014."

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