Wildland fires are uncontrolled, non-structure fires that occur in rural, woodland or bush areas.
The danger posed by wildland fires
Wildfires can cause extensive destruction of homes and other property located in the wildland-urban interface, the zone between developed and undeveloped areas. Wildland fires can quickly move from the interface area to more densely populated communities.
Despite its proximity to the coast, Carlsbad can experience the same fire hazard conditions as east San Diego county.
Take steps to mitigate the danger of wildland fires
- Avoid fire, heat or spark producing activities during periods of high wind.
- Ensure vehicles are in proper repair.
- Avoid using spark/heat generating equipment in/near dry brush areas.
- Establish defensible boundaries between home/work areas and dry brush areas.
- Schedule spark/heat generating work during cooler parts of the day.
- Pre-inspect grass areas before mowing to remove spark producing debris.
- Ensure portable firefighting equipment is operational.
- Avoid parking vehicles roadside or in dry brush areas.
- Dispose of flammables (charcoal, etc.) properly.
- Clear off debris from the roof and gutters, screen vents.
- Discuss hazard and actions with staff and family to broaden awareness.
- Consider purchasing pool pumps or protective additives, like gel.
- Report hazardous activities, smoke or fire to 9-1-1.
- Develop an emergency plan, including escape routes. Every resident and business should plan to provide for basic needs (food, water, shelter, sanitation, etc.) for 72 to 96 hours.
- Register cell phones with AlertSanDiego, the county-wide emergency notification system.
What to do in the event of a wildfire
- Consult the Emergency Information page and local media to stay informed.
- Monitor stations that broadcast emergency alert messages: local TV and radio stations KOGO-AM 600 kHz and KLSD-AM 1360kHz. Have battery powered radios on hand and preset those stations.
- Evacuate early or when directed to do so.
- Consult notices of county and city road closures.