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Firefighters deliver wildfire safety information

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SAN DIEGO (CBS 8) - You may have noticed San Diego firefighters going door to door in your neighborhood Saturday.  

They teamed up with local volunteers and visited thousands of homes all over the city to talk about safety plans and precautions to take when it comes to wildfires. 

It's called the Ready, Set, Go! campaign.

It's a devastating image that San Diegans know all too well -- homes destroyed by wildfires -- families watching helplessly as the flames tear through everything.

“The two biggest fires in San Diego history both occurred in October - we thought it was a good idea to remind everybody of what they should do to be prepared,” San Diego Fire Department Chief, Javier Mainar said.

With a goal of reaching 6,000 homes in some of the more vulnerable areas, San Diego firefighters teamed up with city leaders and local volunteers Saturday. 

“You should have a plan of what you're going to do in case there is a fire - before there's a fire, during a fire, and after a fire - you don't want to act the moment a fire is coming,” SDFD Captain Ronnie Dizon said.

Captain Dizon says you should have at least 100 feet of defensible space around your home cleared of dead vegetation, rotting fences, anything that could be fuel for a wildfire.

College-area resident Cheryl McCowan grateful for the reminder

“We have a lot of new tenants on our street right now that need to realize having a canyon in our backyard can be dangerous and they need to be safe about it,” McCowan said.

Neighbor Steve Wellington, who was clearing brush from his yard, said, “I do know it would be an absolute tinderbox if a fire did come through canyon - I'm just trying to clear that out.”

“If there's a full firestorm coming through mother nature and God is going to play a role in what's gonna happen - as long as they follow the pamphlet they stand a good chance of their home surviving,” Wellington said. 

The San Diego Fire Department says over the years they've noticed homeowners have become more proactive about taking preventative measures like clearing brush from defensible space. They believe education campaigns are helping.

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