KERN COUNTY, Calif., With California experiencing recent years of devastating wildfires, the importance of preparing for potential fires is clearer than ever. For these reasons Governor Gavin Newsom issued a proclamation declaring May 1-7, 2023, as “Wildfire Preparedness Week.” Wildfire Preparedness Week gives all an opportunity to reflect on their personal circumstances and prepare accordingly.
Be assured your Kern County Fire Department continues to actively manage hazards to our community through prescribed burns and mechanical treatments (fuel breaks created by heavy equipment). Throughout cooler months many projects are completed to eliminate or reduce hazardous vegetation. In the weeks ahead more of this activity will be seen as prescribed burns near heavily trafficked highways will begin.
All individuals in Kern County play an important role in promoting safer communities and personal safety through preparedness. Below are several important Wildfire Preparedness topics we encourage all to review:
–Defensible Space, the buffer you create between a building on your property and the grass, trees, shrubs, or any wildland area that surrounds it. This space is needed to slow or stop the spread of wildfire and it helps protect your home from catching fire. Proper defensible space also provides firefighters a safe area to work in, to defend your home. Locally the Hazard Reduction Deadline is June 1st.
–Evacuation Plans, that include a designated emergency meeting location outside the fire or hazard area, several different escape routes from your home and community, and a plan for your pets and large animals such as horses and other livestock.
–Emergency Supply Kits, easily accessible so you can take them with you when you must evacuate. Each person should have a readily accessible emergency supply kit. Kits should include items like nonperishable food, water, flashlight, radio, and medications.
For additional Wildfire Preparedness information, download your own Wildfire Action Guide here.
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