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Wildfire Preparedness Day Is May 3

CALIFORNIA – Are you ready for wildfire? The National Fire Protection Association is inviting everyone to participate in their Inaugural Wildfire Community Preparedness Day on Saturday, May 3.

Everyone is urged to commit a couple of hours, or the entire day, and watch as your actions positively contribute to reducing your community’s wildfire risk.

Challenge your friends, your family, relatives, faith-based group or youth organization to develop a project and join others throughout the nation in making big changes. Your efforts will help raise wildfire awareness, promote collaboration and bring neighbors together to work on projects that can help protect homes, neighborhoods and entire communities from future wildfire risk or current post-fire impacts.

In January 2005 a new state law went into effect that extended the defensible space clearance around homes and structures from 30 feet to 100 feet. Proper clearance to 100 feet dramatically increases the chance of your house surviving a wildfire. This defensible space also provides for firefighter safety when protecting homes during a wildland fire.

This year’s wildfire season has the potential to be one for the record books, and defensible space is crucial to protecting your home.

Visit www.WildfirePrepDay.org and www.ReadyForWildfire.org to make sure you are ready for what promises to be a long, dry summer.

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