Officials, community members emphasize defensible safe practices during wildfire preparedness week

In an effort to promote safety leading up to wildfire season, Governor Gavin Newsom has declared May 5 -11 wildfire preparedness week.

Posted: May 6, 2019 11:11 AM

CALIFORNIA - Governor Gavin Newsom has declared May 5 -11 wildfire preparedness week.

He is urging homeowners and fire officials to come together to prepare for the wildfire season ahead, stating that "California wildfires have changed, together we must adapt." 

This year, CAL FIRE has already responded to more than 470 wildfires that have burned more than 1,180 acres. 

CAL FIRE crews and the National Guard are teaming together in prevention efforts for the North State. They said that creating defensible space is one of the top priorities. 

“Our firefighters have been preparing non-stop for the inevitable fires that will happen this year. However, preparation involves all levels of the community, from first responders to the general public,” said Chief Thom Porter, CAL FIRE Director. “As was unfortunately witnessed with tremendous force this past year, wind-driven embers can destroy homes or neighborhoods far from the actual flame-front of a wildfire." 

Officials urge homeowners and community members to prepare themselves for fire risk as well. 

"Taking the initiative to prepare your home and your community will be key in preventing the unfathomable damage that these intense wildfires can cause," he said. "It is up to us, the agencies that respond to the wildfires, and you, the homeowner, to create the strong network needed to endure through these devastating events.”

Action News Now spoke with Don Criswell, a Camp Fire survivor who was able to save his home with defensible space practices. He has tips for community members in the video below. 

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