SAN DIEGO — Wildfire Preparedness Week is an important opportunity for California’s communities to reduce the number of damaging wildfires by increasing public preparedness and safety through education. 

As wildfires increase in number and severity, CAL FIRE was joined Friday by the US Forest Service and other local, state and federal fire and emergency officials for a Wildfire Preparedness Week event. State, federal, and local public safety officials discussed how emergency responders are prepared for year-round wildfires and how the public needs to take on the responsibility to be prepared as well. 

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Since 2003 wildfires have claimed 25 lives in San Diego County and have caused billions of dollars in damage. In 2018 alone, there were 1.8 million acres burned in 7,500 wildfires statewide. 

To download the CAL FIRE Ready-For-Wildfire app and to learn how to create defensible space around a home, visit www.ReadyForWildfire.org.