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Are you prepared for wildfire?

San Marcos residents urged to prepare using “Ready, set, go!” approach

Post Date:08/03/2018 4:30 PM

Are you prepared for wildfire? With more than 10 major wildfires raging in California and three striking San Diego County in July alone, fire season is here.

“Wildfires burning north of us across the state are a clear reminder that we are in a dangerous fire season and a fire could flare up at any moment, especially with the weather conditions forecasted for San Diego County,” said Fire Chief Brett VanWey.

With another heat wave on the way, the San Marcos Fire Department is urging all residents and homeowners to prepare now by taking a “Ready, Set, Go!” approach.

“San Marcos is no stranger to wildfire and it is up to all of us to help keep ourselves, our property and the community safe,” said Fire Chief Brett VanWey.

Homeowners are asked to get “ready” by creating or maintaining at least 150 feet of defensible space—a buffer around a house that is clear of vegetation that can easily catch fire—but to do so only early in the morning when the grasses are still dewy to prevent sparking a fire in the dry heat of the day. 

Please note that during hot, dry conditions such as when a red flag warning is issued, residents should not attempt to use power tools as this could spark a grass fire. The same goes for wood piles or combustible items that could catch fire alongside your home.

Residents can get “set” by reviewing family disaster plans, gathering emergency supplies and making sure smoke detectors are in working condition. 

It is important that residents stay connected before, during and after emergencies.

San Marcos residents are encouraged to register cell phones with San Diego County’s free AlertSanDiegonotification system by visiting to sign up. Once registered, residents will receive calls or texts with local emergency information.

In addition to AlertSanDiego, residents can stay informed about local safety information by registering for the City’s email alerts, following San Marcos on FacebookTwitter, and Instagram pages using the handle @sanmarcoscity, and turn radios to AM 1610 to stay informed about local emergency and safety information.

Finally, if an emergency does happen in the community, be ready to “Go”  by taking the evacuation steps necessary to give your family and home the best chance of surviving a wildfire.

For more fire safety information or tips on how to prepare a home, visit, or contact the San Marcos Fire Department at (760) 744-1050, ext. 3410.

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