By Scott Sherman | District 7 Dispatch
In the wake of devastating wildfires in Northern California and Anaheim, the San Diego Fire-Rescue Department has increased the number of on-duty firefighting crews.
The extra precaution is due to the recent hot weather and low humidity projected for a prolonged period of time. In addition, several years of drought coupled with heavy rains in the winter created significant fuel in the form of underbrush and grass.
This new fuel combined with hot temperatures and low humidity has created potentially explosive conditions for dangerous wildfires.
Five brush engines, with a crew of four personnel each, as well as two water tenders are now being staffed around the clock in order to respond to emergencies at a moment’s notice.
Brush engines are large off-road capable fire apparatus’ carry between 600 to 1,500 gallons of water. SDFD water tenders carry 3,000 gallons of water and provide water supply to engines at vegetation fires.
In addition to increased staffing, firefighters are working with SDG&E to create seven-day Fire Potential Index (FPI) Outlooks.
This technology allows fire personnel to better prepare and deploy firefighting resources well in advance of adverse weather.
It is also important for San Diego residents to do their part to prevent the spread of wildfires. Some steps include:
Address: Make sure your address is clearly visible from the road.
Vents: All vents should be covered with 1/8-inch metal mesh. DO NOT USE fiberglass or plastic mesh.
Rain Gutters: Screen or enclose rain gutters to prevent accumulation of plant debris.
For more tips, please visit the Fire-Rescue’s website at bit.ly/2irDWkD.
— Councilmember Scott Sherman represents the District 7 neighborhoods of Mission Valley, Allied Gardens, Grantville, Del Cerro and San Carlos.