Seeking Volunteers for South County Fire Watch

The South County Land Stewards, together with the Orange County Fire Authority, are seeking volunteers for the South County Fire Watch.

Several Village homeowners participate in this program, but more volunteers are needed, specifically for the Coto de Caza area.

Training is scheduled for Saturday, August 30, 10 a.m. – 12 p.m. at Ladera Fire Station 58, at the intersection of Antonio and Crown Valley parkways. Battalion Chief Mike Fredig is leading the training. Contact Sandy DeSimone at Starr Ranch at 949-858-0309 or email her.

Here’s how it works:

  • On Red Flag days, South County Land Stewards assign rotating shifts of volunteers to wildlife vantage points to serve as deterrents and lookouts for fire professions.
  • Participants are placed in locations easily accessible from where they live or work. For example, Village residents are often assigned to Starr Ranch’s entrance or the picnic area on Bell Canyon Trail.
  • If you cannot take a shift on a particular Red Flag day, that’s ok.  The South County Land Stewards will work through the list to find someone who is available.


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