Wildfire season is here!

The risk of wildfire is extreme this year. Dry vegetation and wind can cause a fire to spread rapidly.

The safety of all community members and first responders (fire, law enforcement and ambulance) please follow these rules to prevent fire and be ready to evacuate in case of fire.

Prevent fire: No outdoor fires of any kind. Keep a working fire extinguisher in the kitchen. Keep baking soda on hand to extinguish stove-top grease fires. Install smoke detectors. Camp stoves, such as those that use propane, may be used in a cleared area. Read and follow safety instructions on camp stoves.

Avoid using power equipment if possible. If you must operate power equipment, do so before 10 am. Keep a shovel and water handy. Monitor the area carefully afterwards. Spark arresters are required in wildland areas (this includes all of our area) on all portable gasoline powered equipment. Motor vehicles: Never pull over in dry grass. Ensure trailer chains don’t drag on the ground. Make sure your vehicle is properly maintained. Have proper tire pressure to avoid driving on wheel rim. Never let your brake pads wear too thin. Clear all vegetation within 10 feet of propane tanks, butane tanks and generators.

Remove dead vegetation piles from your property. It is highly flammable and, if near the roadway, can block emergency vehicles and evacuating traffic. This can be disposed of at Transfer Station, 2420 E Oberlin Rd Yreka. Fees will apply. Call for more information 530-842-5865.

Defensible space laws do not apply to those living in a travel trailer but you could be trapped by a wildfire, so do as many of these things as possible to create a safe zone around your trailer. Remove all flammable (dead or dry) vegetation within 30 feet of home or travel trailer. For trees taller than 18 feet, remove lower branches within six feet of the ground. For trees shorter than 18 feet, remove lower branches on the bottom one third of the tree. Clear flammable vegetation at least 10 feet from roads and five feet from driveways.

  • Make sure cigarette butts are properly extinguished.
  • Never burn landscape debris like leaves or branches on Burn Ban Days or when it’s windy or areas where not allowed.
  • Target shoot only in approved areas, use lead ammunition only, and never at metal targets.

Dial 9-1-1 to report any suspicious activities to prevent arson. Be prepared to identify the emergency and location.