“One Less Spark – One Less Wildfire”

California Wildfire Coordinating Group

Public Wildfire Education Campaign

Summer 2013.

 

Because of a very dry January through May period, with much lower than normal rainfall and snowpacks, the wildfire protection agencies in California are expecting a more severe wildfire season than normal.

 

In recognition of that threat, and in an attempt to minimize the number of accidental wildfire starts, the Interagency Fire Prevention Committee of the California Wildfire Coordinating Committee has developed and is implementing a new “One Less Spark—One Less Wildfire” campaign. The goal of the campaign is to educate Californians about how to prevent wildfires inadvertently caused by sparks from sources around the home and vehicle, as well as from industrial sources.

 

Recent wildfire statistics show that the most likely source of wildland fires is equipment and vehicles: lawn mowers, weedeaters, chain saws, grinders, welders, tractors, and vehicles can all spark a wildland fire, so the new public education campaign is aimed at the users of these devises, and provides them with tips for the fire-safe use of them.

 

An inter-agency fire prevention team has been mobilized to plan and implement the campaign through contacts with media and community groups is areas where fires from these sources have unusually high in recent years. The team has also developed videos and artwork for public education presentations. These items, and a detailed overview of the One Less Spark – One Less Wildfire” campaign are available on –line  Here.