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Irvine Ranch Conservancy Celebrates Wildfire Awareness Month

This Wildfire Awareness Month, join IRC and Orange County Fire Watch in Irvine on May 4th for the 2024 Fire Watch Symposium. Plus, don't miss the "Wildfire Awareness Series,” exploring the relationship between fires and the environment including various activities throughout the month. 🔥🌿 #WildfireAwarenessMonth #WildfirePrevention

Orange County is known for its scenic landscapes; however, these diverse habitats are also susceptible to wildfires, especially during the dry and windy months ahead. That is why now is a crucial time to raise awareness about the risks of wildfires. With May being Wildfire Awareness Month, it is important to understand the significance of wildfire prevention and preparedness.

Wildfire Awareness Month presents a valuable opportunity to educate the community about the essential measures everyone can take to prevent wildfires. This includes practicing responsible fire safety habits, such as properly extinguishing campfires, ensuring nothing is dragging from cars or trailers and maintaining a defensible space around homes. By taking these precautions and staying informed, the public can do their part to mitigate the risks and minimize the devastating impact that wildfires have on our communities and wildlife.  

Irvine Ranch Conservancy (IRC) is doing its part to commemorate the occasion through educating the public about wildfire dangers to help support its mission of protecting and restoring Orange County’s native lands. IRC participates in the Orange County Fire Watch program in partnership with OC Parks, the City of Irvine, the City of Newport Beach and the Orange County Fire Authority (OCFA). Orange County Fire Watch has hosted its annual Fire Watch Symposium during California Wildfire Preparedness Week for the last several years, aiming to educate the community about the upcoming fire season and provide general wildfire awareness tips.  This year there will be an emphasis on protecting residences from potential wildfire. This year’s 2024 Fire Watch Symposium will be held in Irvine on May 4th. The event will be open to the public for in-person attendance or will be available to stream live on YouTube. It will feature presentations from fire prevention specialists, park rangers and OCFA representatives, as well as a keynote presentation from the Community Association of Rancho addressing wildfire preparedness in high-risk zones. 

Additionally, this month, IRC staff and volunteers will lead a new “Wildfire Awareness Series,” focusing on activities that highlight the relationship between fires and the environment. Participants can learn about fire dependency, resiliency, and management of local plants like Tecate Cypress trees and the Coast Live Oak. Additionally, get hands-on involvement at the Irvine Ranch Conservancy’s Native Seed Farm, including harvesting, planting and tending to native plants. 

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Together, the community can raise awareness and take action to preserve and protect Orange County’s native lands, making them a safer place for everyone. To learn more about IRC’s involvement in wildfire prevention please visit irconservancy.org/programs/wildfire-prevention/