San Diego – Free wildfire safety workshop start tomorrow

Hot, dry summer weather means an increased risk of wildfire — in residential areas as well as wildlands. The Fire Safe Council of San Diego County is offering “Fire Operations in the Wildland Urban Interface,” several free workshops focusing on the particular risks of residential areas that are next to open space, which is called the Wildland Urban Interface.

The workshops are:

— 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Warner Springs Elementary School, 30951 Highway 79, Warner Springs. Hosted by the Los Tules/Warner Springs Fire Safe Council.

– 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Aug. 24, Fire Station 79 – Palomar Mountain, 21610 Crestline Road, Palomar Mountain. Hosted by the Palomar Mountain Fire Safe Council.

— 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Aug. 25, Lake Morena Community Church, 29765 Oak Drive, Campo. Hosted by the Real East County Fire Safe Council.

Lunch and light breakfast will be provided.

The one-day workshops are free to local residents, representatives of Community Fire Safe Councils and CERT members. Participants will learn the principles used by firefighters to suppress wildland fires and protect structures in the Wildland Urban Interface.

The in-depth courses also teach fire behavior prediction and how to apply this knowledge to the community’s topography, fuels and weather, as well as the fire-safe condition of homes. Attendees will also learn valuable survival tips in the event of a fire.

The courses will be delivered by Thomas Shoots, Cal Fire/San Diego County Fire Authority.

Registration is required. To register, visit the “Events” page of the Fire Safe Council of San Diego County website: http://firesafesdcounty.org/events; or contact Britney Munoz at (619) 562-0096 or britney.munoz@rcdsandiego.org

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