The high winds have died down and firefighters have gotten the upper hand on the Lilac Fire. However, the threat of wildfire persists due to the extremely dry conditions we are experiencing. Now is the time to prepare for wildfire, just in case. Make sure you have a plan and know what you are going to take. Remember, you may only have a few minutes notice to evacuate. If you haven’t signed up to receive evacuation notices on your cell phone through AlertSanDiego, now is the time to do so. You may also wish to download San Diego County’s Emergency app.
In addition, take steps to make your home as fire resistant as possible. Maintain defensible space around your home. Clear away all dead and dying vegetation. (If you will be using mowers or equipment with metal blades or that could cause a spark, use them in the morning only when the air is cooler and winds are typically calmer.) Clean out rain gutters and remove all leaves and debris from your roof as it can easily catch fire from blowing embers.
For more information on making your home fire resistant, visit our Wildfire Preparedness page.