Wildfires have become too common in southern California because of more human-caused fires. Vegetation and wildlife are normally adapted to recover after wildfires but fire can be devastating if you live in a home that is in its path. If you live near or adjacent to natural areas, your property could be at risk from nearby wildfires. As the frequency of wildland fires has increased, the threat to housing developments in the wildland urban interface has becomes a regular occurrence. Even homes located one to two miles away from natural areas are at risk of wildfire damage as embers can be blown over a mile ahead of fire. If you live within one to two miles of a natural area, take action to make sure your property is as fire resistant as possible before it's too late!
Wildfires can occur at any-time of the year, but you are at most risk during red flag conditions in the fall when plants have very little moisture. With climate change and increased droughts, large wind-driven fires may become more common in the spring. Be prepared during red flag weather with high temperature, dry vegetation, low humidity, and high Santa Ana winds. Be ready for fires whenever these conditions occur.
Be Prepared – From the House Out
Wildfires need certain ingredients to continue to burn across the landscape. While you cannot change the weather, you can modify fuels around your house such as vegetation and building features to lessen fire danger. Prepare and maintain your property to reduce the risk of damage to your property.
Something to consider – The survival rate of houses in some of the most extreme wildfires is more than doubled when they are defended. Most houses that survive have fuel-reduced yards and ember-blocking features. Most houses that are destroyed have dense fuels around them and many ember entry points.
Ventura County Fire Department
Last updated: July 12, 2016