May 7–13 is Wildfire Awareness Week, and the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (CAL FIRE) is urging homeowners to prepare now for the dry, flammable season ahead. California’s wet winter has brought an abundance of spring grass and brush, which, after it dries, will pose great fire danger.
Removing excess vegetation around homes and maintaining 100 feet of defensible space can raise the odds that your home—or any other structures on your property—will survive a wildfire.
CAL FIRE has launched a new app, Ready for Wildfire, which puts a library of step-by-step, wildfire preparedness checklists, emergency preparation information and more in the palm of a user’s hand. In conjunction with the app launch, CAL FIRE is sponsoring the Ready for Wildfire Sweepstakes through May 21 for a chance to win up to $10,000 when the app is downloaded or updated.