Fire season is upon us; be prepared

We are now deep into the fire season. Santa Ana winds are blowing and we all watch the eastern horizon nervously, especially those of us who can remember the Cedar, Paradise, and Rice wildfires from a few years back. Those fires cost dozens of lives, destroyed thousands of homes and caused billions of dollars in damage. Needless to say, we don’t want to repeat those tragedies.

Sadly, more wildfires will occur. After a long dry season, our hillsides are tinder dry. Fortunately, there are steps homeowners can take to reduce the danger to themselves, their property and their families, including removal of combustible vegetation from within 100 feet of structures. Please visit the following websites for additional information:

The Federal Emergency Management Authority’s section devoted to fire prevention:

Cal Fire’s website has information on fire safety, the state’s fire plan, fire season emergency declarations and much more:

San Diego County information on wildfires: San Diego County CERT homepage ;

While it would be nice to think we will never have another wildfire in this region, we know that wishful thinking will not protect us when a fire emergency occurs. Preparation and planning are the best defense against wildfires.

By Calif. State Assemblymember Marie Waldron (R-75th District)

2 Responses to "Fire season is upon us; be prepared"

  1. Redneck Bill   October 14, 2013 at 9:07 pm

    Some of us, despite our old age, remember the Gavilan fire. It started from an agricultural burn.

    God bless the fire firefighters, but if you want to save your house, buy enough fire hose to run from your fire hydrant to your house. Or a pump if you have a pool. I was able to keep mine and my neighbors house from burning in that fire.

    And oh by the way, Santa Ana winds blow east to west, so if a fire begins on the base, it WILL NOT effect Fallbrook. (But don’t you just hate Marines training to go into to battle anyway?)

  2. Lee   October 15, 2013 at 8:40 am

    My dear fellow Fallbrookers, I once again urge you to please once and for all eradicate ALL Eucalyptus and pine trees which serve absolutely no ecological purpose but only one as a fire hazard. Also, for those of you who have decided to turn off the water in your avocado groves, a COMPLETELY understandable decision in light of our outrageous — criminal is more like it! — water costs, can you please now also do the right thing by cutting down your dead avocado trees which are also a fire hazard?

    Fallbrookers, let’s do the right thing and make Fallbrook, which we ALL love, as fire proof as possible. Thank you.


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