A MESSAGE FROM THE CHIEF
The fall season has arrived with winter on its way. Hopefully we will get some rain and snow and put an end to this drought. However, it is important to understand we are never out of fire season in Southern California. Santa Ana winds have historically hit every month of the year except August. We may have escaped significant wildfire damage this season but for the two residents that were burned during the Banner Fire, it was a devastating season. We also had a few structure fires that did significant damage. Although the wildfire threat may be lessened in the coming months, summer is just around the corner with the return of hot, dry, windy weather. Hopefully you are always working on your defensible space and fire hardening your homes. Also, this time of the year is when fireplaces, woodstoves are fired up again, along with your furnaces, electric and gas heaters and the threat of structure fires increase. Please be sure your flues and chimneys are clean and serviceable. Also, don’t forget smoke detectors, exits and escape plans for you families.
We had couple of noteworthy developments this past summer.
Always feel free to drop by the Station and say hi or ask questions. This is your fire department and we are here to meet your needs.
Chief Rick Marinelli
Julian Cuyamaca Fire Protection District
Zone 1: 30 feet adjacent to the home
Prune trees 6-10’ from the ground
Trim trees that overhang the home
Use non-flammable materials
Remove dead vegetation
Move firewood and propane tanks
Zone 2: 30-100 feet from the home
Space trees 20-30’ apart
Create “fuel breaks” like gravel walks
Remove brush and woody debris
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