Tuesday, August 13, 2013

Smokey Say's "One Less Spark, One Less Wildfire" #CaFire

One Less Spark, One Less Wildfire


Forest officials are gathering with Kern County Fire Department, Bureau of Land Management, National Park Service, California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection, and many other agencies to announce the campaign “One Less Spark, One Less Wildfire.”

Key issues of campaign: 
  • Fire danger is at above normal levels.
  • Significantly dry conditions are present due to historically low precipitation.
  • Ninety four percent of wildfires are human caused—power equipment, vehicles, escaped debris burning and arson.
Each citizen has the responsibility to prevent human-caused wildfires and to protect their own property by creating fire adapted communities and defensible space around their homes.

Because of a very dry January through May period, with much lower than normal rainfall and snowpacks, the wildfire protection agencies in California are expecting a more severe wildfire season than normal.
 In recognition of that threat, and in an attempt to minimize the number of accidental wildfire starts, the Interagency Fire Prevention Committee of the California Wildfire Coordinating Committee has developed and is implementing a new “One Less Spark—One Less Wildfire” campaign. The goal of the campaign is to educate Californians about how to prevent wildfires inadvertently caused by sparks from sources around the home and vehicle, as well as from industrial sources.
 Recent wildfire statistics show that the most likely source of wildland fires is equipment and vehicles: lawn mowers, weedeaters, chain saws, grinders, welders, tractors, and vehicles can all spark a wildland fire, so the new public education campaign is aimed at the users of these devises, and provides them with tips for the fire-safe use of them.
 An interagency fire prevention team has been mobilized to plan and implement the campaign through contacts with media and community groups is areas where fires from these sources have unusually high in recent years. The team has also developed videos and artwork for public education presentations. These items, and a detailed overview of the Loss Spark – One Less Wildfire” campaign are available on –line at
Related Links
ReadyForWildfire.org
FireWise.org
SmokeyBear.com
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