With humidity, temperatures and wind patterns expected to create red flag warning conditions this Sunday, November 21, the Irvine Ranch Conservancy, along with its partners are getting ready to help avoid catastrophic wildfires which have plagued the County over the last 20 years.
“Our fire watch preparation never ends, and we are as prepared today as we have ever been,” said Tony Pointer, Irvine Ranch Conservancy’s Fire Watch Manager. “Our 300 selfless volunteers are getting ready to take action as we speak…and it makes a difference in reducing our risk of wildfire. We can help protect our communities through deterrence, quick reporting and communication.”
Close coordination between Irvine Ranch Conservancy, Orange County Fire Authority, OC Parks, and the cities of Newport Beach and Irvine allow for real time monitoring for signs of wildfire. Fire Watch also provides a highly visible deterrent to arsonists and others who are careless with fire. The use of SCE Alert Wildfire Cameras allows trained volunteers to work from both the Fire Watch Operations Center in Irvine and from home.
“Our partnership with IRC and Fire Watch allows OCFA to deploy our substantial resources early and aggressively,” stated OCFA Fire Chief Brian Fennessy. “As importantly, it helps us to notify residents immediately in the event evacuation is necessary.”
Irvine Ranch Conservancy and Fire Watch remind us all to be vigilant with the upcoming weather event and any time Santa Ana winds blow. Signing up for AlertOC.org and having a plan for wildfire is something everyone can do. To learn more, visit OCFA.org/RSG and watch a video about wildfire preparedness on YouTube with more helpful tips.
For more information about the Orange County Fire Watch program and the Irvine Ranch Natural Landmarks, visit LetsGoOutside.org.
About Irvine Ranch Conservancy
Irvine Ranch Conservancy is a non-profit, non-advocacy organization created in 2005 to help preserve and support the Irvine Ranch Natural Landmarks, enhancing the public’s connection to the land while helping partners and landowners with all aspects of stewardship. The Conservancy offers a variety of free, guided outdoor programs for all nature enthusiasts including hiking, mountain biking, horse-back riding and much more. For more information, visit www.letsgooutside.org.