Orange County Fire Watch has more than 300 volunteers who donate their time to reducing catastrophic wildfires through education, early reporting and deterrence. The main element of the program is to establish highly-trained volunteers, who are trained to look for signs of human-caused wildfires and interfere with ignition sources, especially during Red Flag Warnings. Volunteers are deployed to 36 locations across Orange County that are determined high-risk areas for wildfire events, acting as visual deterrents, who report suspicious or dangerous behaviors or activities, and assist with early detection and reporting of ignitions.
Irvine Ranch Conservancy and Fire Watch encourages Orange County residents to be wildfire ready this year with wildfire preparedness tips from OCFA. Simple acts such as remaining vigilant during Red Flag Warnings, eliminating wildfire hazards near homes, vegetation management, knowing when to evacuate and having a plan can help keep local communities and wildlands safe, as well as help first responders to successfully execute their job duties.
To learn more about how to prepare for a wildfire event, visit OCFA.org/RSG and watch a video about wildfire preparedness on YouTube with more helpful tips. Orange County residents are also encouraged to sign up for emergency notifications on AlertOC.org.
For more information about Irvine Ranch Conservancy and the Fire Watch program, visit LetsGoOutside.org.