Wildfires are among the most destructive events that can occur in urban wildlands.
While naturally occurring fires have been an important part of the historic landscape of southern California, too-frequent fires pose a deadly threat to the land and surrounding communities, permanently altering the landscape. Shifts in wind and weather patterns brought on by climate change combined with human transport and development activities can fuel the frequency and severity of fires, particularly within the Southern California region.
IRC’s fire prevention efforts are intricately tied to many other areas of our work, from the removal of invasive species of plants and grasses that can easily ignite and spread fires to engaging community partners and volunteers in detecting the potential for fire ignitions before they occur. Land restoration and enhancement activities also support habitat resiliency, strengthening the overall health of urban wildlands and reducing the likelihood that they will succumb to fire.
IRC works closely with our volunteers, regional and state-wide partners, and the community to continuously monitor conditions, reduce risk, and alert others when they see the potential for fire ignition. By increasing public awareness for fire risk and taking action together, we can protect habitats and people from this most critical of threats.