Mayor Sanders says fire threat is ‘very real’

By Joe Britton
City News Service

The monster wildfire burning north of Los Angeles is a “stark reminder” that San Diego needs to be ready for such a disaster here, Mayor Jerry Sanders warned on Wednesday, Sept. 2.

“It’s a stark reminder that the threat of Southern California wildfires is very real,” Sanders said. “And since fires know no boundaries and can strike at any time, the city has been working hard to prepare for the region’s next wildfires.”

Sanders said the city cleared 529 acres of brush last year, and is on target to thin another 590 acres this year.

The mayor said the San Diego Fire-Rescue Department has also increased its reserve engine fleet from 16 during the 2007 wildfires, to 22 today.

Joined by Assistant Fire Chief Javier Mainar at a news conference at the SDFRD’s Air Operations Base at Montgomery Field, Sanders also touted the city’s recent acquisition of a second full-time firefighting helicopter, Copter 2.

“Copter 1 and Copter 2 have proven to be invaluable resources for initial attack to keep those wildfires small and from getting out of control,” Mainar said.

Mainar said San Diego’s firefighting helicopters will be staffed around-the-clock through the fall, and if necessary, into the winter months if the hot, dry weather continues.

Mainar said the SDFRD is better prepared to deal with wildfire than in 2007, when three separate blazes scorched hundreds of thousands of acres in the North County, destroyed 1,300 homes and forced the largest fire evacuation in the nation’s history.

“There is no fire department in the world that has the resources to protect every house, every neighborhood, from the kinds of fires we are seeing in Los Angeles, or the kinds of fires our community experienced in 2003 and 2007,” he said. “But, I can tell you that your fire department, San Diego Fire-Rescue, is far better prepared today than we were in 2007.”

Both encouraged residents to do their part to protect themselves and help firefighters.

“Today we are more prepared than ever,” Sanders said. “While we have taken great strides to ensure the safety of San Diegans, each of us needs to do our own part to protect ourselves and our homes.”

Residents should maintain 100 feet of defensible space around their homes, remove tree branches that come from within 10 feet of chimneys, clear vegetation and debris from decks, roofs and rain gutters and move flammable patio furniture, play structures and storage containers away from structures, Mainar said.

It’s also important to encourage neighbors to take similar preventive measures, he said.

“We are committed and will do everything in our power to protect our community and its citizens,” Mainar said. “But when the next wildfire hits, and one will hit, it won’t be enough without your help.”

While there are no major fires burning in San Diego County, the Station Fire has scorched more than 140,000 acres of forest land north of Los Angeles.

The fire, about 22 percent contained, has destroyed more than 60 homes and cabins and been implicated in the deaths of two Los Angeles County firefighters, who died when a vehicle they were in went off a mountain road. It has cost at least $21 million to fight so far. Containment is projected by Sept. 15.

Related posts:

  1. June 1 marks start of fire season
  2. Judge rules against motions for SDG&E fire lawsuit
  3. Learn how to protect your home from fire
  4. Fire map drafted for areas of concern; Rancho Santa Fe included
  5. S.D. mayor proposes cuts in police, fire services

Short URL: http://www.delmartimes.net/?p=5034

Posted by on Sep 2, 2009. Filed under Archives. You can follow any responses to this entry through the RSS 2.0. You can leave a response or trackback to this entry

Leave a Reply

Archives

Facebook

Bottom Buttons 1

Bottom Buttons 2

Bottom Buttons 3

Bottom Buttons 4

Bottom Buttons 5

Bottom Buttons 6

LA JOLLA NEWS

RSS LA JOLLA NEWS

  • La Jolla Library welcomes new chief Shaun Briley
    For La Jolla Riford Library’s new head librarian, Shaun Briley, books have been a part of his life and career, in some form or another, every step of the way. […]
  • Tangerine trees, marmalade skies for Beatles-inspired Patrons of the Prado gala in Balboa Park, San Diego
    “Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds” was the theme of the Patrons of the Prado gala on July 12, 2014 in Balboa Park, San Diego. Beatles-inspired music came from Wayne Foster Entertainment. Sandy Redman and Jeanne Jones served as event chairs. 2014’s beneficiaries are the Reuben H. Fleet Science Center, San Diego Museum of Art and The Old Globe Theatre. […]
  • La Jolla’s Best Bets for events July 31- Aug. 7
    Museum of Photographic Arts (MOPA) offers a crash course in starting a photography collection 6 p.m. Thursday Aug. 7. at the Ligne Roset Showroom, 7726 Girard Ave. MOPA assistant curator Chantel Paul and director of jdc Fine Art Jennifer DeCarlo will share professional insights. […]

RANCHO SANTA FE NEWS

RANCHO SANTA FE NEWS

RSS RANCHO SANTA FE NEWS

  • Rancho Santa Fe resident’s Gen 7 wines earn top honors
    Rancho Santa Fe resident Tim Bacino’s Gen 7 Wines is on a hot streak, his varietals winning several awards this summer in California wine competitions. […]
  • Torrey Pines High School baseball alum Taylor Murphy excelling in pro ball
    It was during a breakout senior year at Torrey Pines High that Taylor Murphy first popped up on the radar of professional scouts. Shortly after graduation, Murphy was selected by the San Diego Padres in the 40th round of the June 2011 amateur draft. He declined, honoring a commitment to the University of the Pacific. Three years later, Murphy got another sho […]
  • Why Hire a Licensed Landscape Professional?
    By Steve Jacobs, Nature Designs The old saying – “if something seems to good to be true, it probable is” – is quite fitting when it comes to hiring a contractor for your home or yard construction project. While it is smart to shop around, get quotes, etc., don’t fall into the trap of trusting […]