Over the past decade, California has been experiencing its largest amount of wildfires. Not only affecting our community as recent as 2017 with the Canyon Fire 2. As images of Disneyland overcome by fiery orange, smoke-filled skies are almost apocalyptic. Meanwhile, thousands of Orange County residents have been forced to evacuate their homes.
Similarly, this past year we have seen the tragedy of the "Camp Fire 2" in Paradise that charred over 90,000 acres of land and had 52,000 family evacuated from their homes. However, it is vital that we learn through these tragedies and find solutions.
Over six thousand wildfires have scorched our state in just these past three years. In California, it is critical to prepare your family and home for these rampant disasters and to know what state resources are available to ease the aftermath of wildfires.
Know that my office is a resource to help you during this devastating time. If you live in an area affected by wildfires, officials with our district's cities are providing the most up-to-date information on evacuations, road closures and shelter locations on their website
If you find yourself wanting to be better prepared you can also learn more at the following website
Ready, Set, Go: Before a wild fire strikes, be prepared and follow these tips from Cal Fire...
- Create and maintain 100 feet of Defensible Space around your home
- Use ember-resistant building materials to protect your home
- Create your own emergency supply kit and keep it easily accessible
- Develop your family communication and evacuation plans
- Follow the evacuation guide when it's time to go!
Statewide Fire Resources
- The Governor's Office of Emergency Services has a comprehensive website set up to respond to the wildfire situation. Check back often for the latest, county-by-county information.
- Those looking to volunteer can sign up with the Red Cross.
- Find out how to help by giving to a California food bank that's feeding victims.
- The organization "Direct Relief" is providing medical resources to affected areas.
If you have any other questions or concerns please call our offices at (714) 525-6515.