A Message from the Fire Chief

Chief's Message

Moraga-Orinda Fire District - Monday, April 28, 2014

Fire Chief Jerry Lee

We hope you will find the information within our webpage informative.  If you’re visiting us for the first time, please take a moment to look at our Annual Report, which can be found under the Documents/Forms tab at the top of our homepage.  Within the report, you will find a variety of topics ranging from operations to finance.  The report gives a good broad-based perspective of the Fire District

We would like to encourage you to be FIREWISE.  Take a moment to learn what simple steps can be taken to protect your home from wildfire.

The work you do today can make a difference.  Follow these simple action steps now and throughout the year to prepare and help reduce the risk of your home and property becoming fuel for a wildfire:

  • Clear leaves and other debris from gutters, eaves, porches and decks. This prevents embers from igniting your home.
  • Remove dead vegetation from under your deck and within 10 feet of the house.
  • Remove anything stored underneath decks or porches.
  • Screen or box-in areas below patios and decks with wire mesh to prevent debris and combus¬tible materials from accumulating.
  • Remove flammable materials (firewood stacks, propane tanks, dry vegetation) within 30 feet of your home’s foundation and outbuildings, includ¬ing garages and sheds. If it can catch fire, don’t let it touch your house, deck or porch.
  • Wildfire can spread to tree tops. If you have trees on your property, prune so the lowest branches are 6 to 10 feet from the ground.
  • Keep your lawn hydrated and maintained. If it is brown, cut it down to reduce fire intensity. Dry grass and shrubs are fuel for wildfire.
  • Don’t let debris and lawn cuttings linger. Dispose of these items quickly to reduce fuel for fire.
  • Inspect shingles or roof tiles. Replace or repair those that are loose or missing to prevent ember penetration.
  • Cover exterior attic vents with metal wire mesh no larger than 1/8 inch to prevent sparks from entering the home.
  • Enclose under-eave and soffit vents or screen with metal mesh to prevent ember entry

Learn more about how to keep your family safe and reduce your home’s risk for wildfire damage at www.firewise.org

Jerry Lee, Fire Chief
Moraga-Orinda Fire District

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