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Wildfire Season Is Here: Hardening Your House | Corona, CA

With the warmer days, comes the danger of wildfires here in California. It’s a bittersweet kind of season – fantastic for summer fun in the sun, but always a looming stress about the wildfires that ravage our homes every year. Because your home is susceptible to flyaway embers from fires close by, here are a few ways you can prepare your home, in case wildfire strikes:

Roof. The most vulnerable part of your home, roofs with wood or shingle roofs are at high risk of being destroyed during a wildfire. Use materials such as composition, metal, clay or tile. Block any spaces between roof decking and clear rain gutters to prevent embers from catching and remove accumulated vegetative debris from the roof.

Windows. Install dual-paned windows with one pane of tempered glass to reduce the chance of breakage in a fire and install screens in all usable windows to increase ember resistance and decrease radiant heat exposure.

Walls. Wood products, such as boards, panels or shingles, are flammable and not good choices for fire-prone areas. Instead, use stucco, fiber cement wall siding, fire retardant, treated wood, or other approved materials.

Chimney. Cover your chimney and stovepipe outlets with a non-flammable screen. When not in use, close the fireplace flue.

Garage. Have a fire extinguisher and tools such as a shovel, rake, bucket, and hose available for fire emergencies. Also, install weather stripping to prevent flying embers from blowing in.

Fences. Best practice is to separate your fence from your house or upgrade the last 5-feet of the fence to a noncombustible material to reduce the chance of the fence from bringing fire to your home.

For more information about home hardening tips, call CJ Suppression at 888-821-2334 or visit the website at www.cjsuppression.com.

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Evacuation Orders Lifted After Fire Near Castaic and Valencia Burns 650 Acres | Corona, CA

By ABC7.com staff / Thursday, April 29, 2021 8:37AM

CASTAIC, Calif. (KABC) — A fire in the Castaic and Valencia area quickly spread to at least 650 acres, triggering mandatory evacuation orders and road closures in the area. By around 10 p.m. the evacuation orders were being lifted as firefighters reported stopping the forward progress of the blaze and reaching at least 25% containment.

Earlier in the day, evacuations were ordered for residents north and west of West Hills Drive, north of Iron Village Drive, north and west of Tesoro Del Valle and north of Copper Hill Drive due to the North Fire, the Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff’s Station announced.

A voluntary evacuation order had been in place for the area of Rye Canyon Loop.

Road closures were in place for West Hills Drive from Iron Village Drive to the northern Copper Hill Drive entrance in Valencia.

The fire was first reported around 2 p.m. east of the 5 Freeway and northeast of the Wayside Canyon area in Castaic. It was named the North Fire. It later spread to the Valencia/Santa Clarita area.

The blaze was initially described as about 1 acre burning uphill in light to medium fuels. The flames initially were burning near a Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department facility that stores live weapons and ammunition. Firefighters were at that time advised to hold back for their own safety.

Within minutes the fire was estimated at 4-10 acres and then spread to 30 acres. By 4 p.m. it was estimated to have spread to 90 acres and then grew to at least 650 acres by 8 p.m.

Fixed wing aircraft, air tankers and helicopters were being used to battle the flames, along with ground crews.

The elevated fire weather danger remains in effect for L.A. and Ventura counties through Saturday amid warm temperatures, dry conditions and periods of gusty winds.

“It’s kind of scary. It’s not uncommon living here in Santa Clarita,” said resident Rob Tapert. “Every other year, it seems like I’m doing this, but goes with the territory living so close to the so-called national forest over there.”

No injuries were reported.

For more information about fire updates, call CJ Suppression at 888-821-2334 or visit the website at www.cjsuppression.com.

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Enjoy Your Summer Safely | Corona, CA

Let’s face it – we all love the summertime fun that commences once the days get longer. The BBQs, vacations and recreational outdoor sports are just the beginning of the fun the summer season holds. But while we are enjoying ourselves with friends and family, it is important to keep fire safety in mind. Today, we are going to break down some fire safety tips to prepare for so that everyone has a great time in the summer sun…

When it’s time to grill:

  • Check the connection between the propane tank and the fuel line to ensure they aren’t blocked.
  • Do not overfill the propane tank.
  • Do not wear loose clothing while cooking at a barbecue.
  • Be careful when using lighter fluid. Do not add fluid to an already lit fire.
  • Keep all matches and lighters away from children. Teach your children to report any loose matches or lighters to an adult immediately. Supervise children around outdoor grills.
  • Dispose of hot coals properly – douse them with plenty of water ensure the fire is out.
  • Never barbecue in enclosed areas – carbon monoxide could be produced.
  • Make sure everyone knows to Stop, Drop and Roll in case a piece of clothing does catch fire. Call 911 if a burn warrants serious medical attention.

When you’re out camping:

  • Build campfires where they will not spread, away from dry grass and leaves.
  • Keep campfires small, and don’t let them get out of hand.
  • Keep plenty of water and a shovel around to douse the fire when you’re done. Stir it and douse it again with water.
  • Never leave campfires unattended.

For more information about summertime fire safety, call CJ Suppression at 888-821-2334 or visit the website at www.cjsuppression.com.

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Be Careful: It’s Fire Season | Corona, CA

A wildfire charred about 13 acres of grass Sunday in the hills west of Temescal Valley, south of Corona. The fire was reported around 6:30 p.m. on the 23200 block of Jameson Road, according to the Riverside County Fire Department. The fast-moving fire lit up so quickly firefighters didn’t have time to issue evacuation orders. Around 100 firefighters were on scene where a single road divides the flames from people living nearby.

“When I first came out and saw it, it was super windy. There were flames 150 feet in the air. It was insane,” resident Paul Gibbs said.

A wildfire was raging in the Inland Empire, threatening homes in the community of Temescal Valley. After making sure their pets were safe, Gibbs said he and the rest of his family worked to protect several homes in the neighborhood.

“Just running all over the place,” he said.

Aerial footage from NewsChopper 4 showed one resident dousing the flames with a garden hose.

The Jameson Fire was 40 percent contained as of midnight. Fire crews were cutting the brush and creating control lines around the fire’s perimeter and hosing down and extinguishing hot spots shortly before 11 p.m. Crews were expected to fight the fire throughout the night.

The Jameson fire was one of several blazes burning across the Inland Empire. The Opera fire and the Tower fire also charred several acres.

It’s important to be prepared during this time of year. Fire can start up and spread quickly. Make sure you are safe and aware of your surroundings.

Source: http://www.nbclosangeles.com/news/local/Riverside-County-Fire-Responding-to-Fire-in-Corona-420859303.html#ixzz4k60g8eCB

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Fire Safety Tips for Summer

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There are many things that one should take into consideration during summer time, one of those things being fire safety. Summer is a great time for families to take a road trip or to go camping. However, summer is also considered a season of wildfires in some parts of the country, which makes it incredibly important that you educate yourself on a few fire safety’s trips for travel and home.

Protecting Your Family and Home

  • Assemble an emergency kit. You should create a kit for fire-related emergencies, just in case it becomes difficult for you to get supplies. You should have a fire extinguisher, food and water and medical supplies on you. Store the kit in safe place where it easily accessible.
  • Have an escape plan. Before there is any danger of fire, be sure to sit down with your family to discuss an escape route from your home. Map out many different routes that your loved ones can take to leave the home and get to your vehicle or meet up spot.
  • Be prepared for a fire. There are many ways to be prepared for a fire, one way being by having a fire sprinkler system installed in your home. Another way is to have a smoke alarm and fire extinguisher installed as well.

Fire Safety Travel Tips

  • Choose a fire-safe hotel or motel. When picking a hotel or motel, choose one that has a fire sprinkler system and smoke alarms installed. You can contact the hotel or motel and ask about the fire systems they have installed or in place.
  • Identify the exits. Whether you’re in hotel or restaurant or museum, you should always be aware of the nearest exits. This is extremely important if a fire does break out.
  • Never throw a lit cigarette. Never toss a lit cigarette, match or cigar out of your car window or onto the ground. It could ignite dry vegetation or even in rare cases, ignite the fumes from your car.

By knowing and practicing the summer fire safety tips, you can enjoy several wonderful times in the outdoors filled with laughter, happiness and safety all in one!

If you would like to learn more about fire safety, contact CJ Suppression Inc. at 888-821-2334 today! Or visit www.cjsuppression.com for further information regarding fire safety.

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