With little rain this year and high temperatures drying out plants, it’s important to understand that even the smallest spark can start a devastating fire. Everyday items like charcoal barbeques and backyard fire pits should be watched carefully and never be left unattended. Be sure to remove any dry brush or low-hanging branches near the area and keep a fire extinguisher nearby in case of an emergency. Always pay attention to any wind that might blow ashes out of your yard and do not light an open flame if gusts are too strong.
In addition to practicing proper fire safety, please remember to take care of yourself and your loved ones if your 4th of July weekend includes any outdoor activities. Warm summer weather provides the perfect setting for a hike on one of the many 7-day access trails across the Irvine Ranch Natural Landmarks, but always remember to pack enough water, snacks and use appropriate sun protection to avoid any heat-related illnesses. More information about enjoying the outdoors and preventing heat-related illnesses can be found at this link.
Irvine Ranch Conservancy and its partners will do their part this 4th of July weekend. Every year, Orange County Fire Watch conducts its largest deployment during the 4th of July weekend due to the increased risk of wildfire. Program volunteers will be stationed at five locations throughout Orange County that are historically prone to wildfires, keeping an eye out for wildfire danger and any patrons who are in need of medical attention.
Irvine Ranch Conservancy wishes you a happy and safe 4th of July! No matter how you celebrate, always stay alert and report any sign of fire by calling 911 immediately. We can all do our part in keeping native wildlands and communities safe. To learn more about the Irvine Ranch Natural Landmarks visit LetsGoOutside.org.