Unlike most of the state, major wildfires in southern California are not primarily the result of buildup of vegetation; they are driven by human-caused ignition and seasonally strong winds. IRC facilitates a large network of partners through the COAST Fire Prevention Network to prevent wildfires and prepare communities for incidents.
2023 brought an abnormally large amount of rain that kept moisture levels high and prevented the Red Flag conditions that often lead to catastrophic wildfires. In partnership with Orange County Fire Authority and many landowners, IRC took advantage of this lowered risk to increase training and community education for the OC Fire Watch Network.
IRC’s Fire Prevention & Management program is rapidly expanding. Accomplishments this year included conducting a county-wide survey on wildfire and working with a broad group of partners to develop a Roadside Fire Ignition Prevention Plan and Strategy. The survey will be used to design outreach and education programs focused on fire prevention and readiness.
- Increased the Orange County Fire Watch Network to over 300 volunteers trained by the OC Fire Authority. Fire Watch Volunteers served 492 hours during 2 deployments including 1 red flag warning and 1 special deployment day.
- Conducted a county-wide survey on wildfire to inform outreach and education programs.
Check out the full 2023 Annual Report here.