May 7, 2016: National Wildfire Community Preparedness Day "Just Five Feet"
Cuyamaca Woods Fire Safe Council organized a "Wildfire Preparedness Day" for Saturday, May 7. Our Theme was "Just Five Feet." Recent research shows the tremendous value of clearing five feet around a structure to protect it from wildfire. Five feet is not so hard: removing debris from gutters, removing plants, furniture, and "stuff" from under your eaves, raking leaves and dead plants from around the building. Clearing just five feet along your roadway and drive makes a significant difference for the fire and rescue team to get to you in an emergency.
In addition, Chief Rick Marinelli, Julian Cuyamaca Fire Protection District, volunteered to provide feedback to home owners on specific things they can do on their property and buildings to survive a wildfire. Several home owners signed up for this helpful, non-judgmental service.
Ramona Disposal donated a roll-off dumpster to hold all the debris and "treasures" around people's houses that are ember trappers.
Work hard and play hard is our motto, so a Cinco de Mayo celebration was planned in support of our clean-up efforts. This was to recognize efforts throughout the year, not just Saturday, so everyone was encouraged to attend. Unfortunately due to poor weather, the party had to be postponed.
Despite the looming rainy weather, the dumpster was filled up within just a few hours on Saturday morning. See the proof in the photo below.
Thanks to our sponsors Ramona Disposal, National Fire Prevention Agency and State Farm Insurance for helping us to make this a successful event!