San Bernardino County Fire Protection District
San Bernardino County Fire Protection District (SBCoFD), in cooperation
with San Bernardino County Land Use Services (LUS), is working to
improve evacuation efficiency in the mountain communities through the County
Fire Hazard Abatement and Mountain Egress Project.
Bernardino County Fire Protection District hand crews have started work
clearing flammable vegetation along essential evacuation routes during an
emergency. The San Bernardino County mountain communities are home to thousands
of people over approximately 450 miles of road.
community risk reduction project will increase the ability of mountain residents
to safely evacuate during an emergency, aid in reducing delays for first
responders, and improve first responder safety when responding to emergencies.
The project goal is to address all roadways that present a threat to safe
Hand Crews have a mitigated total of 165 parcels in Forest Falls, Deer Lodge
Park, and Cedar Glen, with the majority of the parcels located in Cedarpines
Park, near Crestline. Crews cleared brush around evacuation routes leaving
chipped material at least 10 feet away from roadsides and identified parcels.
These initial parcels were part of a feasibility study to determine the
effectiveness of the prescribed egress enhancement which concluded that the
project will continue to move forward in other mountain areas.
“I’m very proud of
the cooperation our department has shown with our partners at Land Use Services
and the residents of our mountain communities,” stated San Bernardino County
Fire Chief Dan Munsey.”
“Our Old Cajon hand
crew has done a tremendous job of improving the ability of our mountain
residents to safely evacuate during an emergency. We will continue to identify
and address threats to our evacuation routes as a part of our ongoing community
risk reduction efforts.”
crews continue their work in the mountain communities, periodic road closures
may be required. Residents should use caution when driving near crews
working to clear these areas. Watch for road closure signs and use alternate
routes whenever possible.
County Fire Protection District encourages residents to maintain defensible space. Clear weeds and
dry grass at least 100 feet around properties. Keep propane tanks clear of
vegetation. Store combustibles like firewood away from structures. And remove
all branches, tree limbs or vegetation that overhang the roof. Most
importantly, develop and practice a personal home escape plan with all family
Develop a Ready!
Set! Go! Wildfire Action Plan
wildfire safety tips at: https://sbcfire.org/Programs/ReadySetGoFire.aspx