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Hello Summer!

posted Jul 2, 2018, 10:07 AM by Kristin Snell   [ updated Jul 2, 2018, 10:08 AM ]

by Diana Pasquini, San Juan Ridge Family Resource Center

Gardens are planted, the kids are out of school, and the Yuba provides a welcome refuge on long, hot sunny days. Migrating songbirds have reared their young and are moving on to other climes. Fields are dry and roads are dusty. The slightest whiff of smoke or far off sound of a circling plane quickens heartbeats, especially for those of us who have experienced devastating wildfires firsthand.

It’s summer in the foothills; and summer is Fire Season. It’s time to be particularly vigilant. Make sure to provide defensible space of 100 feet around homes. A defensible space not only reduces flammable vegetation that can spread wildfire to your home. It provides a safe area for firefighters. Be sure all flammable materials are swept from roof tops and gutters. An area of 30 feet around a home should be free of flammable vegetation, including burn piles and firewood. Mow dried grasses along roadways and in fields. Be very careful with fire. One live ash or glowing ember on a windy day can ignite a devastating wildfire. Remember that Smokey’s Friends never play with matches!

The joys of summer will be gone in the blink of an eye so make the most of this delightful season; and please remember to stay fire safe!