The Apple Valley Fire Protection District joins other local fire agencies and at least two dozen other states to support Wildfire Awareness Week. This national campaign, which runs May 3, 2014 through May 10, 2014, promotes public awareness of wildfires and the actions that help to reduce the damage to homes and communities that result from wildfires.
Apple Valley residents know all too well the devastation wildfires can cause. On August 29, 1999 a fire that started in the San Bernardino National Forrest spread down from the mountains to South Apple Valley (the Marianas area). In its aftermath the Willow fire had destroyed, in Apple Valley alone, 19 structures, 72 vehicles, 52 out buildings and burned more than 9,000 acres. Officials estimated the total loss $1,414,500.
The most recent data from the U.S. Fire Administration, a branch of the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), states nationally approximately 4.3 million acres of land were destroyed by wildfires in 2013. This year alone from January to late April, Cal Fire is reporting 2,541 acres have been burned from wildfires – almost double than the five year average for the same period of time.
Apple Valley Fire Protection District wants to remind residents of these serious statistics and urges them, especially those who live in South Apple Valley, to maintain a defensible space. This includes clearing brush and grasses to a minimum of 30-ft to 100-ft from their homes or to the property line. By doing these few simple things residents are creating the defensible space required under State law and greatly reduces the potential of wildfires destroying homes.
Apple Valley Fire Protection District also reminds our community that when it comes to wildfires remember “Ready, Set, Go!”. Being READY for a wildfire starts by maintaining Defensible Space and hardening homes with fire resistant building materials. Get SET and Prepare your family with an evacuation plan, and lastly, GO early, giving your family the best chance and keeping roads clear of congestion for emergency vehicles.
Fore more information please see our Ready Set Go Brochure