U.S. DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR
BUREAU OF LAND MANAGEMENT NEWS RELEASE
Central California District
|Release Date: 04/25/12|
|News Release No. CA-CC-12-52|
Agencies Urge Homeowners to "Take Responsibility" During Wildfire Awareness Week
Resource agencies in the Owens Valley are using Wildfire Awareness Week, May 6-12, to not only remind Californians of the dangers wildfires pose, but also to educate homeowners on defensible space.
The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Bishop Field Office and the Inyo National Forest remind residents to "Take Responsibility" for creating and maintaining 100 feet of clean, open space around their homes to reduce fire danger and the risk of fires spreading.
"By using non-combustible building materials and fire resistant plants in landscaping, homeowners can increase the chances of their home surviving a wildfire," said Bernadette Lovato, BLM Bishop Field Office manager. "By taking action now, homeowners can prepare themselves before fire season begins." Here are some actions homeowners can take:
Harden the Home:
The "Home Builder’s Guide to Construction in Wildfire Zones," www.fema.gov/library/viewRecord.do?id=3646, provides excellent information about wildfire behavior and recommendations for building design and construction methods in areas prone to wildfires. Additional information on preparing homes and families from wildfire threats is at http://takeresponsibility.com/.
While this week is a good reminder, fire prevention is crucial year round in the Owens Valley. For further information contact Debra Hein, interagency fire mitigation specialist, at (760) 872-5057.
Central California District 5152 Hillsdale Circle El Dorado Hills, CA 95762
|Last updated: 05-02-2012|
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