Each year California highlights the importance of wildfire prevention and preparedness by declaring a week in May as “Wildfire Awareness Week.” On Monday, May 8th, several agencies came together to kick off Wildfire Awareness Week with a joint press conference and to remind California residents of the dangers posed by wildfires.
“We are all in this together,” said Mark Ghilarducci, Director of California’s Office Of Emergency Services.
“We want to make certain that the resources get to the right place, the right kind of resources are getting to the right place and that we do as much as we can to protect lives and property through these types of events,” Ghilarducci said.
Despite record amounts of rain this winter, California has already experienced about 500 fires this year. With an estimated 100 million trees killed as a result of … continue reading »
Today, Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. proclaimed May 1-7 as “Wildfire Awareness Week” in California. Last year’s destructive Valley and Butte fires as well as the ongoing drought and vast tree mortality remind Californians of the fire dangers the state continues to face this fire season.
Wildfire Awareness Week was kicked off at CAL FIRE’s Aviation Management Unit in Sacramento by Governor Brown with state and federal leaders. Governor Brown was joined by Cal OES Director Mark Ghilarducci, CAL FIRE Director Ken Pimlott, California National Guard General David Baldwin, U.S. Forest Service Region 5 Deputy Regional Forester Jeanne Wade Evans, and California Natural Resources Agency Secretary John Laird.
State and federal officials not only discussed steps their respective agencies are taking in preparation of fire season, but stressed steps Californians can take to reduce their risk – … continue reading »
SACRAMENTO, CA – Yesterday’s press event in Pollock Pines kicked off Fire Awareness Week that is the first out of five events scheduled throughout California. Cal OES Director Mark Ghilarducci joined Cal Fire Director Chief Pimlott, CA Natural Resources Agency Secretary Laird, CA Military Department General Baldwin, Amador El Dorado Unit Chief Kaslin, U.S. Forest Region 5 Regional Forester Moore and other officials who had a chance to speak about the importance of Wildfire Awareness Week.
The purpose of Wildfire Awareness Week is to raise public awareness of wildfires and promote actions that reduce the risk from wildfire to homes and communities. Fifteen states and four Canadian provinces will observe Wildfire Awareness Week this year. The International Association of Wildland Fire has proclaimed May 3-9 to be “Global … continue reading »
It is dry in the foothills and southern California as during a typical July or August, the peak of the fire season. Even in a region used to wildfires, this year appears poised to be especially destructive. California is facing its third dry year; thirsty grasses, parched brush and trees are more susceptible to burn, so fuel is ready.