Fire Watch Volunteers Needed

The South County Fire Watch, together with the Orange County Fire Authority invites you to participate in our fire watch, a partnership to deter and report behaviors that could lead to fires and to detect fires quickly if they start.

 

Protect Your Community

  • Nearly all wildfires in Orange County in the last 100 years have been caused by humans
  • Fire is an extreme hazard to communities built close to wildlands
  • Wildland fires are a significant threat to rare wildlife and plants.
  • The communities of Dove Canyon, Coto de Caza, Wagon Wheel, Las Flores, and Ladera Ranch are adjacent to south county wildlands
  • Portions of south county wildlands haven’t burned in over fifty years

 

Fire Watch Training

  • Volunteers will receive training from Orange County Fire Authority (OCFA) personnel
  • Training Date: to be decided (usually occurs in July or August)
  • Training will last three hours in early evening and focus on: understanding basic fire behavior, identifying signs of wildfire, dealing with suspect behavior, providing useful fire information, contacting proper fire authorities
  • OCFA training prepares volunteers for deployment under conditions of severe fire hazard. On “Red Flag” days, South County Fire Watch will assign rotating shifts of volunteers to wildland vantage points to serve as deterrents and lookouts for fire professionals. We seek to place participants in locations easily accessible from where they live or work.

 

How Can You Help?

Become a Fire Watch Volunteer!

Please Contact:

Sandy DeSimone, (949) 858-0309
Email: sdesimone@audubon.org , or

Laura Coley Eisenberg, (949) 240-3363 Ext 297
Email: lcoleyeisenberg@ranchomv.com

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