SACRAMENTO — Wildfire Preparedness Week is May 1 – 7, 2022, and CAL FIRE and its partner agencies will host five statewide events throughout the week to raise awareness on what individuals and communities can do to help protect against the threat of wildfires. CAL FIRE will be joined by the US Forest Service, Cal OES, California National Guard, California Highway Patrol, California Conservation Corps, and other local, state, and federal fire and emergency officials to speak about wildfire preparedness.
Wildfire Awareness Week statewide events to raise awareness on wildfire preparedness, including how state, federal and local public safety organizations are preparing for the 2022 fire season; the importance of fuel reduction and vegetation management projects; and ways the public can prepare for wildfire now through home hardening and defensible space.
Date & Time: 11 a.m. on Monday, May 2, 2022, at the Ramona Air Attack Base 2498 Montecito Road Ramona, CA 92065
Highlights: Community improvement home hardening grant money, the CAL FIRE Firefighter I Hand Crew Program at Rainbow Fire Center, the cooperative agreement with CAL FIRE and San Diego County, and fuel reduction projects within the county.
Event Live Stream: https://vimeo.com/697484262.
Highlights: CAL FIRE Hawk and the Ventura County Fire Hawk, the California Conservation Corps Fire Crew Program at Camarillo, and the Parolee Fire Crew Program at Ventura Fire Center.
Event Live Stream: https://vimeo.com/697485213.
Date & Time: 11 a.m. on Wednesday, May 4, 2022, at the Colorado Fire Helibase, located at 36700 Hwy 1 Monterey, CA 93940.
Highlights: County fuel reduction projects, including one that aided in slowing the forward progress of the Colorado Fire that burned nearly 700 acres in January.
Event Live Stream: https://vimeo.com/event/2012950.
Highlights: Efforts being made as part of the California Wildfire and Forest Resilience Action Plan, which focuses on reducing wildfire risk for vulnerable communities, improving forest health, and actions to combat climate change.
Event Live Stream: https://vimeo.com/event/2012958.
Highlights: The shared responsibility with CAL FIRE’s federal partners from the Sequoia National Forest, ongoing efforts to protect communities through fuel reduction projects, and recognizing Creek Fire recovery efforts (including the restoration of the Shaver Lake community).
Event Live Stream: https://vimeo.com/697487066
To learn more about wildfire safety and preparedness, visit www.readyforwildfire.org.
Additionally, CAL FIRE continues to encourage Californians to access the Ready for Wildfire web-based app that includes local alerts, checklists for preparedness, evacuation plans, and other kits. To download the free app, visit https://plan.readyforwildfire.org.
Image by Christine McMorrow.