By: Orange County Supervisor Pat Bates
With the memories of the 2007 Santiago Fire and the 2008 Freeway Complex Fire lingering as painful reminders of the devastation wildfires can inflict on our wilderness areas and nearby residential communities, in 2009 I initiated OC Fire Watch in partnership with the Orange County Fire Authority (OCFA) and OC Parks.
OC Fire Watch increases public awareness of fire dangers by raising red “Fire Alert” flags at OC Parks and other County facilities, as well as at OCFA fire stations and participating city halls throughout Orange County. The program also incorporates OC Fire Watch volunteers to help monitor the County’s wilderness parks, which are especially vulnerable to fire during Red Flag conditions.
Needless to say, the past two years of drought have increased the wild land fire danger to extreme conditions. As such, Irvine Ranch Conservancy has been working with OC Parks to ensure the County’s open space fire prevention needs continue to be met. Continue reading