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Defensible space inspections help keep homeowners safe in San Marcos

Defensible space inspections help keep homeowners safe in San Marcos

San Marcos, CA –In the last year, the San Marcos Fire Department (SMFD) conducted nearly 830 defensible space inspections of properties located in the city’s highest wildfire risk areas, as determined by the Community Wildfire Protection Plan.

Photo caption: San Marcos Fire Inspector Randy Hill conducts a defensible space audit on a home in a high fire risk area.  

Since January, the San Marcos Fire Department has sent notices to 250 properties asking owners to remove dead and overgrown vegetation and maintain the required 150 feet around a home to help reduce or slow the spread of wildfire.

“San Marcos is no stranger to wildfire and it is up to all of us to help keep ourselves, our property and the community safe,” said Fire Chief Brett VanWey.

During the defensible space audits, recommendations on how to improve or maintain defensible space are provided to the homeowner using a checklist and photos based on an inspection of the property.  If a homeowner is not home or cannot participate in the inspection while fire department personnel are on site, a copy of the report will be mailed to the owner.

Free of charge, homeowners do not need to be present as inspectors are able to assess defensible space requirements from the street or an adjacent property. Inspections are conducted only by uniformed fire department personnel to help educate homeowners on opportunities to minimize risk of wildfire.

“Creating defensible space is critical for a home’s chance of surviving a wildfire and reduces risk to our firefighters responding,” continued VanWey.


Photo Caption: Defensible space saved this home during the May 2014 Cocos Fire.

In addition to local inspections, CALFIRE will coordinate inspections with SMFD for residents living in the State Responsibility Area. CALFIRE’s main goal will be to educate homeowners and evaluate properties to ensure owners maintain the required defensible space – 100 feet for homes built prior to 2005 and 150 feet for homes built after 2005.

Homeowners can use the following tips to help homes survive a wildfire:

  • Maintain 150-feet of defensible space around all structures (100 feet for homes built prior to 2005).
  • Clear all needles and leaves from roofs, eaves and rain gutters.
  • Trim tree branches 6 feet from the ground.
  • Use trimming, mowing and power equipment before 10 a.m.
  • Landscape with fire resistant and drought tolerant plants that require little water.
  • Remove branches away from roofs and 10 feet from the chimney.
  • Keep wood piles and flammable materials at least 30 feet from the home.
  • Use fire ignition resistant building material.

For more emergency preparedness information, visit www.san-marcos.net/beprepared or call the San Marcos Fire Department at (760) 744-1050, ext. 3410.

Harmony Grove Residents Worry About Fire Evacuation Routes | KPBS

Harmony Grove Residents Worry About Fire Evacuation Routes. The community of scattered homes in the hills and valleys of Harmony Grove was hard hit by the Cocos fire in May 2014. The flames burned dozens of homes in the neighborhood on the outskirts of Escondido, wiping out the century-old community of Harmony Grove Spiritualist Center.

Read More Via Source: Harmony Grove Residents Worry About Fire Evacuation Routes | KPBS

14-Year-Old Girl Guilty of Starting Cocos Fire: Judge | NBC 7 San Diego

14-Year-Old Girl Guilty of Starting Cocos Fire: Judge

The girl faced four felony charges and a misdemeanor.

A 14-year-old girl was convicted Tuesday of starting last year’s devastating Cocos Fire by sparking a small fire in her backyard.

The judge found her guilty of four of the five counts against her, including the one linking her to the Cocos Fire, though the judge said she did not intend to harm anyone.  READ & WATCH MORE via 14-Year-Old Girl Guilty of Starting Cocos Fire: Judge | NBC 7 San Diego.

Channel 10 Coverage

 

Investigator: Backyard Flames Do Not Necessarily Translate to Traveling Ember | NBC 7 San Diego

Cocos Fire

 

Investigator: Backyard Flames Do Not Necessarily Translate to Traveling Ember

Testimony continues from a neighbor and investigator in the arson trial of a Southern California teenager

A fire investigator testified Friday the flames started by a girl in her backyard did not necessarily have to create an ember that sparked the Cocos Fire. Here is more reporting on the trial Monday via Investigator: Backyard Flames Do Not Necessarily Translate to Traveling Ember | NBC 7 San Diego.

Friday Cocos Fire Trial Updates-

It was the battle of the fire experts both the prosecution and defense presented in their own fire investigators. Ending the second week of a 14-year-old girl’s arson trial Source: http://www.nbcsandiego.com/news/local/-Investigator-Says-Traveling-Ember-Couldnt-Have-Started-Cocos-Fire-297111161.html#ixzz3V5i8wO3b

Cal Fire Investigator Testifies Ember Sparked Cocos Blaze | NBC 7 San Diego

 

Cocos Fire

Cal Fire Investigator Testifies Ember Sparked Cocos Blaze

Testimony comes in arson trial of Southern California teenager

A California state fire investigator testifying at the Cocos Fire arson trial on Wednesday explained why he had concluded that only an ember could have started the devastating blaze that swept across San Diego’s North County last year.

Capt. Christopher Palmer, a specialist with the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection, said that there was no evidence that anyone had been in the canyon where the fire began, no footprints nor any other signs of human activity. READ MORE via Cal Fire Investigator Testifies Ember Sparked Cocos Blaze | NBC 7 San Diego.

15 Others Near Origin of Cocos Fire: Defense | NBC 7 San Diego

Cocos Fire

15 Others Near Origin of Cocos Fire: Defense

More than a dozen suspicious people were seen near the site of the devastating Cocos Fire, according to defense attorneys of the teenager accused of arson.

The 15 suspicious people and a transient seen in the area of origin were mentioned during cross-examination of a Cal Fire investigator Tuesday. READ MORE via 15 Others Near Origin of Cocos Fire: Defense | NBC 7 San Diego.

Cocos Fire Testimony

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Here is a collection of links to NBC7 & SDUT coverage of the Cocos Fire Trial 

http://www.nbcsandiego.com/news/local/Teenagers-Mother-Testifies-in-Cocos-Fire-Trial-296260011.html

http://www.nbcsandiego.com/news/local/Second-Day-of-Trial-in-Teen-Accused-of-Starting-Cocos-Fire-295938201.html

http://www.nbcsandiego.com/news/local/Cocos-Fire-Trial-Testimony-Heads-Into-Fifth-Day-296386421.html

http://www.utsandiego.com/news/2015/mar/14/tp-mother-testifies-girl-admitted-setting-fires/

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