CAL FIRE has launched a new app that educates people on wildfire safety and sends alerts about wildfires in a user’s region.
The “Ready for Wildfire” app has a library of easy step-by-step checklists to help protect your home. The app guides homeowners on fire resistant construction, how to assemble an emergency kit, how to create an evacuation plan, and much more.
California is once again heading into wildfire season. Firefighters across the state are preparing for another potentially destructive wildfire season.
For those worried about wildfires nearby in the coming months, the app provides wildfire alerts as well.
San Diegans can customize the app to receive alerts only for their region. Hikers, bikers and those who spend time outdoors can enable an alert system for wildfires within 30 miles of your device.
There is a map to see all current fires, with information on their size and containment percentage.
“One of the many benefits of our new Ready for Wildfire app is the timely and accurate information it provides to residents about a wildfire in their area,” said Chief Ken Pimlott, CAL FIRE director and California’s state forester, in a statement. “I am excited about this new valuable tool that will provide early alerts to the public to help ensure their safety.”
If you download the app before May 21, you can enter the Ready for Wildfire Sweepstakes for a chance to win up $10,000. The grand prize winner will be able to purchase home hardening materials to prepare their home against wildfire and flying embers. The promotion is sponsored and funded by iHeartMedia in partnership with the Ready for Wildfire Campaign.