Community Is Prepared for Wildfire Season
The glorious days of summer mean warm weather, barbecues and outdoor activities. However, our wet spring paired with those hot, sunny days mean new vegetation growth has created freshly dried kindling for wildfire season.
The Village takes active steps to prepare for wildfire season, including removing non-native trees within 30 feet of the Third Mutual perimeter wall in Orange County Parks Wilderness area and removal of all non-native and dead brush within 30 feet of the wall.
In addition, the Department of Security Services shares collaborative partnerships among the Orange County Fire Authority, the Orange County Sheriff’s Department, the Orange County Emergency Operations Center and the City of Laguna Woods—all of whom work together closely to maintain communications and situational awareness if a fire event occurs. Security follows protocols that, if necessary, include initiating the Village CodeRED alert system (sign up for alerts here) and fire evacuation procedures, and setting up care and reception centers at Clubhouses.
Below are basic tips everyone can use to help prevent the start and spread of fire during wildfire season:
- Ask smokers to ensure their light is stubbed out safely if you see someone smoking near brush or in the canyons while on a nature hike.
- Call 911 if you see or smell something that smells like wildfire smoke.
- Remove flammable materials from the immediate vicinity of your home.
- Tip: If you love the look of plants in your garden or on your patio, native plants like California sunflower (Encelia californica), prickly pear cactus (Opuntia littoralis) and deerweed (Acmispon glaber) are fire-resistant options that can offer a great aesthetic while offering a lower fire risk.
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