With the weather starting to heat up, the risk of wildfires becomes a bit greater.
Amy Travis, deputy director of the Glenn County Office of Emergency Services, said there are several ways to protect one’s home and prevent fires.
“The best thing is to create a defensible space,” Travis said. “... It does mean that you need to trim your trees and weed eat and pick up debris that’s around your house that can catch fire.”
However, she said when there’s a red flag warning or high fire danger, people should do their yard work early in the morning or late in the evening, when the temperature is lower and the humidity is higher.
“You could strike a rock and that can cause a spark,” Travis said.
She said also avoid having open flames during peak fire days; when one is pulling a trailer, make sure the chains aren’t dragging the ground as metal chains hitting the concrete can cause a spark; and don’t flick out cigarette butts.
Travis said the county is working on some brush and tree clearing and trying to take some preventative measures.
“You can’t predict weather and fire, but (in) California, we’re all at risk for fire,” she said. “... Stay alert to your surroundings and if you see or smell fire, please report it. The sooner we know about it, the easier it is to respond.”
Being aware, prepared
Travis said people should sign up for the emergency alert system, CodeRED.
The system will send out alerts for evacuations and likely give people directions on where to go during an emergency event.
To sign up for CodeRED, visit www.countyofglenn.net/oes. There is also a cell phone app available.
She said it’s also important to have a “go bag” with emergency supplies and any important documents that one may need should their home burn down.
For more information on preparing for wildfires, visit www.readyforwildfire.org.
PG&E Public Safety
Pacific Gas and Electric Co. started a Public Safety Power Shutoff program where the utility may shutoff electricity to areas that pass through high fire threat areas.
“If extreme fire danger conditions threaten a portion of the electric system serving your community, it may be necessary for us to turn off electricity in the interest of public safety,” according to the PG&E website.
Travis said this could happen when the area is experiencing high fire danger and wind.
She said people should have emergency supplies in one’s home such as bottled water (water systems can go down if the power is out), food items that don’t require refrigeration, batteries and flashlights.
Travis said people can also sign up for the PG&E emergency alert system to receive alerts on when this could happen – however, she said they would likely send out an alert through the CodeRED system as well.
To sign up for PG&E alerts, visit https://bit.ly/2VlJnnW.
To learn more about the Public Safety Power Shutoff program, visit https://bit.ly/2M6qfGs.