May 4-11 is Wildfire Preparedness Week. On May 11, emergency vehicles were on display and firefighters barbecued up free hot dog lunches in the parking lot of the Dunsmuir ballpark. Booths from the Forest Service, CHP, Siskiyou County Sheriff's Department, Dunsmuir/Castella Fire Department, and the Fire Safe Council also representing other agencies as well, gave handouts and offered information to encourage people to take responsibility to protect their homes and properties for the possibility of another wildfire.

Thousands of wildfires strike California every year. It’s not a matter of if your home is at risk, but when.

Following four major fires in Shasta and Siskiyou Counties last fire season, Dunsmuir Fire Chief Dan Padilla hosted the Dunsmuir Wildfire Community Preparedness Open House gathering many other government and local agencies to help locals learn how to protect their homes and prepare for evacuations just in case as another fire season approaches.

May 4-11 is Wildfire Preparedness Week. On May 11, emergency vehicles were on display and firefighters barbecued up free hot dog lunches in the parking lot of the Dunsmuir ballpark. Booths from the Forest Service, CHP, Siskiyou County Sheriff's Department, Dunsmuir/Castella Fire Department, and the Fire Safe Council also representing other agencies as well, gave handouts and offered information to encourage people to take responsibility to protect their homes and properties for the possibility of another wildfire.

“After the Carr, Delta, Hirz and Camp Fires people are concern to make their homes more fire resistant. We all need to take responsibility for creating a defensible space around our homes and sign up for the emergency phone alert called Code Red,” said Chief Padilla. “We want people to make a family evacuation plan should we have another wildfire in this area.”

Padilla says that this open house featuring emergency agencies for wildfire preparedness is a first in a series of open houses focusing on community wildfire awareness.

“Now is a good time to prepare when everything is still green. Get important papers ready, check with neighbors, make arrangements for your pets and livestock and make a plan to get to I-5 and plan what to do after an evacuation,” said Lynda Scheben, Chair of Disaster Planning Advisory Committee.

Premiering their new product, Phos-Chek introduced to homeowners the same product that firefighters drop from planes and helicopters and is now available for home defense-without the red color. This environmentally safe, long term retardant is effective until it gets wet and can be applied weeks or hours prior to a fire on cedar roofs and vegetation. Later in June it will be available at Tractor Supply in Yreka, Home Depot in Redding and on Amazon.com.

Other contacts for information for wildfire preparedness:

• www.ReadyForWildfire.org

• On emergency supplies visit www.ready.gov.

• On preparedness visit www.PreventWildfireca.org.

• To sign up for CodeRED visit www.co.siskiyou.ca.us/emergencyservices/page/codered-emergency-alert-system

• For tips and assistance visit www.firesafecouncil.com or www.firewise.org

• For evacuation tips, burning permits, visit CAL FIRE at www.fire.ca.gov or www.CAFireAlliance.com.