Irvine Ranch Conservancy’s commitment to forest fire prevention

Photo courtesy Irvine Ranch Conservancy

The first Saturday in May is Wildfire Community Preparedness Day, a national campaign to reduce the frequency and severity of forest fires. The two major fires in Orange County last year burned a third of the land the Irvine Ranch Conservancy manages, including Limestone Canyon and two restoration projects the Conservancy had worked on for more than a decade. “Wildfire is the greatest threat to the long-term health of these plants,” said Michael O’Connell, President and CEO of the Conservancy. “These countries are adapted to burn once every 70 to 100 years. They currently burn every seven to ten years. ”The organization has a dedicated Fire Watch program that monitors areas prone to wildfires during the winds of Santa Ana, on Red Flag Warning Days, and on other days of potential fire hazard such as May 4 July are.

5 million
Number of people who visit nature reserves each year

40,000
Hectares of land managed by the group

360
Number of trained volunteers in the OC Fire Watch program

100
Brush spacing recommended near structures

99
Percentage of man-made forest fires that were mostly ignited along roadways

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