San Diego

Increased Fire Danger With Coming Heat Wave

Firefighters urge San Diegans to maintain defensible space around home

As firefighters prepare for rising temperatures Friday, they’re also reminding the public about fire safety.

A heat wave will start Saturday. 

" Temperatures will be 5 to 10 degrees above normal for this time of the year," said NBC 7 weather anchor Llarisa Abreu.

Cal Fire Captain Isaac Sanchez said most fires are caused by people.

"It’s not necessarily anything criminal in nature, but a malfunctioning vehicle, or somebody doing their defensible space clearance," said Sanchez. "We’ll possibly, eventually have a vegetation fire that could grow to something large and destructive."

Some safety tips from firefighters: have 100 feet of defensible space around your house, remove all dead vegetation from your yard, make sure trees are not hanging over your home, and place a screen over your chimney.

"What we recommend is doing that clearing early in the morning before the sun has a chance to heat those fuels up and it dries out," said Sanchez. "When you are doing your defensible space clear-out, have a water source nearby, in the event that you inadvertently start a fire."

Sanchez said it's also important to make sure your neighbors are practicing fire safety. 

"Let them know that there is a concern. Defensible space is enforceable for your property and around your home, but once the property line is crossed, it takes a cooperative effort," explained Sanchez.

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